TT Cherry Blossoms, Epigenetics, & the Legacy of Trauma -06


Aug 11 2022 • 12 mins

Welcome to Thursday Thoughts on The Grit Show. This week, we are chatting about something you would see as innocuous under most circumstances: cherry blossoms. However, the science of epigenetics and the inheritable intergenerational effects of trauma are quite intriguing and may have you looking at these lovely markers of spring in a whole new way. Epigenetics is something Shawna has long been interested in and although this field is young, and full of room for debate, Shawna feels there are a lot of interesting facts and things we can learn from it.

Her takeaways may not be the ones that are discussed in the mainstream, but will definitely give you some food for thought. She touches on a couple of studies that are referenced below, but will also talk about the lenses that this research can give us as we move through our days and interact with those around us. If you have thoughts on this, we would love to hear them.

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Article on study of the Epigenetic effects of the Dutch Famine:

Study by Brian Dias and Kerry Ressler

Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations

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