Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Primal Health Research: Two Essays

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Primal Health Research: Two Essays

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KEY WORDS: I. Oxytocin, hormone, primal health, endorphins, labor and delivery; II. gestational diabetes, obstetrics, nocebo effect, hypertension

I. MARGARET THATCHER AND OXYTOCIN: 1979

History can be explored from multiple perspectives.

The roles played by political leaders appear as a dominant and highly popular aspect of history. Even before the publication of Bill Clinton's memoir, we can already bet that they will interest millions of readers.

In contrast the history of the different energy sources human beings have used through the ages provides another perspective. For example, the discoveries of fire, electricity, and nuclear power were important new developments in the history of mankind. The widespread use of coal and oil has characterized the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The survival of our civilizations now demands the development of renewable energy sources.

Today we witness a landmark in our vision of human development. In the current scientific context we are beginning to recognize the importance of the 'primal period', particularly the environmental factors during fetal life and the perinatal period, for all aspects of the formation of a human being. This is linked with the history of our understanding of human nature.

1979: From the First Viewpoint

From the perspective of popular interest in the personality, the actions and the influence of states (wo)men, 1979 may be considered a turning point.

In February of that year, the fundamentalist cleric Ayatollah Khomeini leaves his villa in a Parisian suburb, boards a chartered Air France Boeing and flies to Teheran. His project is to restore a regime that had existed almost 1,300 years ago.

Three months later, in Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher formally accepts her appointment as prime minister by kissing the monarch's hands. Her ambition is the promotion of free market economy associated with Victorian liberalism. These concomitant events have been recognized as 'harbingers' of a new era. (Wheen, 2004)

Both these political leaders were highly ideological. Both of them also shared an autocratic style.

Today Ayatollah Khomeini remains the imperative reference for those whose dream is to install Islamic theocracies, while Margaret Thatcher remains a symbol of free market economy. Thatcherism is associated with materialism and individualism.

1979: From a second Viewpoint

Those who focus on the history of energy sources may also consider 1979 a turning point. It is in March of that year that the Three Mile Island accident - the most serious commercial nuclear accident in US history - made Americans question the safety of nuclear power. All the conditions were combined for a new awareness. Three weeks earlier the film 'China syndrome' had been released. It was the story of a reporter who had witnessed an accident at a nuclear power plant and was determined to publicize it. She soon found herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident secret. The new awareness induced by these concomitant events paved the way to additional, drastic regulations. A page was turned in the history of the use of energy sources.

1979 From Our Viewpoint

The subscribers of the Primal Health Research Newsletter have developed their capacity to think long-term and in terms of civilization. They have understood that our health - including our capacity to love - is to a great extent shaped in the pre- and perinatal periods. They include "The Scientification of Love' among the most vital aspects of the developments in science. Thanks to an accumulation of data provided by several disciplines they are inclined to raise paradoxically new questions, such as: 'How does the capacity to love develop?'. For them 1979 is a turning point in the history of our understanding of human nature.

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