Date: 18, December, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Gregg Miklashek, University of Wisconsin
Location: 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, Wisconsin, United States 53711, Building: Sequoya Branch of Madison Public Library, Room Number: Meeting Room B
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Human overpopulation and our modern lifestyle choices are causing physiological changes responsible for our top ten killing “diseases of civilization”. I spent 41 years in active medical practice treating 25,000 patients with 1,000,000 Rx and talk therapy. The majority of my patients suffered from “anxiety” and “depression”, but I became increasingly aware of the direct association of their psychiatric problems with other general medical conditions. Eventually, I came to realize that nearly all psychiatric conditions, and most general medical problems as well, could be explained as resulting from our overactive stress response. Our chronically overactive stress response was generating abnormally elevated blood levels of the adrenal stress hormone cortisol, and researches dating back over 100 years indicated a direct connection between these elevated cortisol levels and the comparable diseases of civilization in research animals. But, then, I discovered a parallel line of animal crowding researches dating back to the 1940s, which also implicated elevated cortisol levels with diseases and deaths associated with population density stress. As the supporting evidence accumulated, I applied this population density stress model to my clinical medical practice and achieved remarkable results.
An extensive medical scientific literature dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, had demonstrated the connection between our overactive stress response and elevated cortisol levels with many diseases: hyperthyroidism (Graves disease), atherosclerosis and heart disease, obesity and diabetes, cancers, immune system suppression and increased risk of infection, high blood pressure, kidney disease, peptic ulcers, heart attack and stroke, etc.: “the diseases of civilization”.
I am a 72 year old retired neuropsychiatrist who was born in Topeka, Kansas but raised in my parents’ home state of Ohio. I attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, receiving a B.A. in chemistry, with a minor in biology. I then entered Medical School at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, after a summer fellowship in cancer research. I graduated in 1972, completing psychiatry residency training in 1974. I held several academic positions and treated 25,000 patients in several different practice locations, concluding in West Michigan in 2012. I have always had a keen interest in medical science, as well as all aspects of human history and prehistory. I am now retired and living in a small town in southwestern Wisconsin, where I can finally relax, hike in the forest, and enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The internet gives me access to all the many wonders that modern science continues to uncover, but I can turn it off and take a walk whenever my body tells me I’ve been sitting too long, like right now, for instance! Keep smiling, I do!