God's Stress Relieving Truth in Your Neurons - John Van Sloten

June 02, 2013

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message Pastor John Van Sloten searches out the thoughts of God as we find them embedded in stress relieving capacities of the human brain.

You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles wings and brought you to myself.
God to his people in Exodus 19:4, NIV

Traumatic or stressful experiences during critical windows of our lives, such as childhood or adolescence, can profoundly influence how resilient we will be to the challenges we face later on.
Thus, the goal of my research is to understand how stress is processed by, and leaves an imprint on our brains, particularly during these sensitive periods of time.
I study a unique brain area called the hypothalamus, dedicated to regulating the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Through electrical recordings of rat brain cell activity and communication, we can examine, with great detail, mechanisms which govern neural processing of stress.
By studying the brains of adolescent rats, I was able to uncover a brand new way in which brain cells communicate with one another during stress. I was able to observe how these cells in the hypothalamus can use substances naturally produced versions of the active ingredients painkillers like morphine (opioids) as messengers to other brain cells. I found that opioids are made and released by cells to shut down communication lines. If you can imagine that during a stressful event, many brain cells begin to panic and yell at one another, opioids are used by these particular cells to lower the volume or hang up the phone so that neurons don't become overwhelmed. What does this mean? it means that our brains are more sensitive and flexible than we previously thought or could have imagined.
New Hoper Jackie summarizing her recently published paper in the journal Nature Neuroscience

When you pass through the waters,
 I will be with you;
 and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
 When you walk through the fire, 
you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
God through the prophet Isaiah 43:2, NIV


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Show Me Your Glory

It is Well With My Soul

The Scientist

The Glory of it All

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Isaiah 43:2,science,opioids,Exodus 19:4

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