Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer: Catherine Cooper shows how the themes of She Stoops to Conquer are developed through contrasts, such as between age and youth, city and country, and high and low social class, and finds that behind those superficial contrasts deeper psychological contrasts are being explored.
So I began to think. It links together the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, with the actions of the stress hormones, the adrenal glands, thyroxine, glucagon, insulin etc. A complex beast of a thing. Bjorntorp established that chronic psychological stress chronic strain creates a dysfunction of the HPA-axis that can be monitored, most easily, by looking at twenty-four-hour cortisol secretion.
A dysfunctional HPA-axis leads to a flattened and unresponsive burnt-out cortisol release during the day. This does not mean cortisol levels are high, or low, they just flat-line. He studied various populations e.
Sweden and Lithuania, and found that the Lithuanians at the time were far more likely to have a dysfunctional HPA-axis than the Swedes, and their rate of CVD was four times as high as that in Sweden.
A study done only on men at the time. I then started to look at other conditions where the HPA-axis is damaged. Depression, schizophrenia — in fact almost all psychiatric illness — PTSD, survivors of childhood abuse. In all cases the same pattern Batter my heart essay.
I detoured round spinal cord injury. Most people are probably unaware that spinal cord injury is associated with a very much higher rate of CVD. People who suffer spinal cord injury also have a damaged HPA-axis.
Some more than others. It depends on the level of the damage, and whether or not the autonomic nervous system is damaged. It travels down the spine, but not in the spinal canal].
I then had a look at corticosteroids. These are the drugs used in many diseases as anti-inflammatory agents. Which is why they are called corticosteroids steroids manufactured in the cortex of the adrenal gland.
They are fantastic drugs, and widely used. The more I looked, the more it seemed very clear that the unconscious neuro-hormonal system was the key player in CVD, both heart attacks and strokes.
It also seemed that cortisol was probably the lynch pin. Which is why my favourite graph on CVD comes from Lithuania. I have used it before, and I make no bones about using it again.
The rate of heart disease in Lithuania was gradually falling during the s, until the year At which point the Berlin wall came down, the Soviet Union broke apart and the structure of society was torn apart.
It was a very, very, stressful time. What happened to the rate of heart disease in men, under Latvia and Estonia showed the same pattern, as did Russia three years later when Gorbachov was deposed by Yeltsin.
In non-Soviet European countries, nothing happened. Heart disease rates continued their gentle fall. I had been looking for evidence that abrupt social disruption leads to stress which leads to CVD.
During war medical statistics tend to get overlooked, or other causes of sudden death distort the picture. For the first time in history, a gigantic social upheaval occurred right in front of our eyes.
Which takes me back to Scotland. Glasgow was a very big city, then it shrank. It shrank because social engineers decided to move people from the tenements, which were considered crowded and unhealthy, to wonderful new towns, and high-rise flats. Such as these shown below. As you can imagine people very much enjoyed living in these inhuman monoliths.
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27th October As readers of this blog will know, for many years I have pursued the idea that ‘stress’ was the primary cause of cardiovascular disease. Actually, it is strain. Stress is the force applied, strain is the effect that stress produces.
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