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that genetic code. And so when stress comes and we’re not able to return to homeostasis and that stress becomes unremitting, it seeks out the vulnerable areas in our body. My wife when she’s under unremitting stress that goes on for days, it goes to her back - her back goes out; her vulnerable area in her genetic makeup. For me it goes to the dopamine chemical of my brain. I start having racing thoughts; I don’t sleep well; that adds to more racing thoughts and then I’m at risk for hypomania. And so it’s just interesting to me to see the future of understanding the impact of unremitting stress on each of us in our genetic make up. Next slide please. Now number seven on the list of the ten health and resiliency domains was optimism based on positive expectations. And just to give you an example of the research that’s emerging around this, Duke University Medical School published a study this year; it’s in the Archives of Internal Medicine. A 15-year study of 2800 heart patients, patients with positive expectations about recovery, with 30 percent less likely to die over the next 15 years. I think this is why we’re becoming so interested and so involved in looking at these key resiliency domains for all of us. Next slide please. [1:01:52] So here’s another example out of our new training and remember number seven, optimism based on the positive expectation, and the person-centered planning example here. These are actual questions and, you know, person-centered planning takes time. And so to do it right a peer who’s trained should have the time to spend to really get involved with person-centered planning and going through many of these questions that they’re trained to do. Here’s an example. I would rate on a scale of one to five how optimistic I usually am about the future as one, not optimistic; five, very optimistic. I do these things to help me stay positive when I’m becoming pessimistic or negative about the future. Doing these things helps me become more optimistic. Next slide please. ______________________________________________________________________________________ 25193ea6062d74eaa1fb4080b67349c6a7de8baf.doc Page 14 of 20
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And so it’s very exciting to have a new partnership with prevention doctors. I think for many years, Herbert Benson has told me, he’s a cardiologist from Harvard that did actually named the relaxation response and just had 35 years research. For many years the prevention doctors were sort of treated like they weren’t real medicine and it’s really great to see that their day is coming and we’re starting to really look at what are these things that lead to prevention. And so I see these prevention doctors as a really exciting new partner for us. And this quote from Dr. Fricchione “since many of the most important risk factors or chronic disorders are behavioral in nature, it stands to reason that efforts aimed at reducing stress and enhancing resiliency will have a tendency to reduce mental and physical illness vulnerability. [1:04:01] These approaches are especially welcome because they can lead to self-care that can make a real difference in a person’s wellness and quality of life. The peer support whole
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