A Cultural and Mind-Body Perspective on Health, Hormones, and Menopause


This week, I continued with my series on the mind-body perspective to health and hormones. In Part 1, I discussed that our surroundings, beliefs, emotions, and social connections impact our health in profound ways. I highlighted this through the following mechanisms:

  • The influence of expectations via the placebo and nocebo effects
  • The link between emotions and stress on hormones and the body
  • The effect of our environment and lifestyle (epigenetics), food (nutrigenomics), and social relationships (sociogenomics) on our cellular physiology

These concepts and emerging sciences (with big words) boil down to a whole new notion in medicine, that our genes are not our destiny! Rather, DNA, the blueprint of our biology, can actually be “read” and “expressed” in different ways based on what it is exposed to from our environment and thoughts! (source, source)

This means we have a much greater ability to alter our wellness outcomes than previously thought! This can be empowering… or terrifying!

In this 7-minute video you’ll learn:

  • The specifics on how lifestyle choices, nourishment, environment, and relationships influence health risks and rewards
  • The effect beliefs and choices have on how a person will experience bodily and hormonal symptoms
  • How society and culture shape our perceptions and expectations of diseases and the aging process related to:
  • The superpowers of essential oils to modulate mind, body, and beliefs via emotional shifts, stress relief, and there biochemical mediators
  • Thought provoking questions on how to challenge your current mindset of expected health outcomes
  • How I use this knowledge with my clients to alter their health destiny

Get additional references and resources from the original articles at the links below:


This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)

Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.


Thanks for the images, Pixabay!