Most cultures teach us to not defy tribal rules and to fear God. We begin our personal journey with a consciousness of limitations and fears. When we attempt to confront the obstacles that suffocate us, the cultural admonitions surface embodied in self-sabotage and helplessness. The cultural editors attempt to control our lives by proclaiming that our acts of liberation are heresies. And based on the power that we bestow on those sculptors of our collective reality, illness is learned to avoid confronting the masters of terror. But when we begin to live the causes of health, we establish benign limits, instead of blaming and hating the executioners that only exist in our minds.
In 1998 Dr. Mario Martinez developed his theory of Biocognitive Science based on research that demonstrates how thoughts and their biological expression coemerge within a cultural history. Academic science continues to divide mind and body, as well as ignore the influence cultural contexts have on the process of health, illness and aging. For example, cultures that support growing older as a positive development associated with increased wisdom and abilities have higher numbers of centenarians living healthier lives, than cultures that view aging as a process of inevitable deterioration.In biocognitive theory, individuals are seen as an inseparable bioinformational field of mind, body and cultural history in constant search for contextual meaning. These fields define the known as inclusive and the unknown as exclusive. The fields (cultural perception) are contained within horizons that set off alarms when confronted with unknown or contradictory contexts. The operative consciousness that is constituted from our cultural history and our biological foundation, determines how we respond to novelty in a contextual coauthoring that ranges from curiosity to panic.
Dr. Martinez argues that current mechanical models of the life sciences study disease by reducing the body to pathological parts. He proposes that the healing process must include the cultural history that contextualizes the mind-body expression of health and illness. He proposes instead, to challenge the cultural beliefs that perpetuate genetic helplessness.
Biocognitive theory integrates research in psychoneuroimmunology, neuroscience, and cultural anthropology to conceptualize and address the causes of health, the learning of illness, and the biocultural ingredients of longevity as integral bioinformational fields that cannot be reduced to their cognitive, biological or cultural components. Dr. Martinez proposes a new model of PNI he calls Cultural Psychoneuroimmunology, taking the research from the constraints of the lab to natural settings in cultural contexts that could significantly influence the outcome. While rat research could be productive, the results must be interpreted as responses from animals that do not have the capacity to find meaning in their actions and awareness of their mortality. Cultural anthropology is the missing link of psychoneuroimmunology.
Dr. Mario Martinez is a licensed clinical psychologist who lectures worldwide on how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. In addition to his doctorate in clinical neuropsychology, he has done post-doctoral work in psychopharmacology and cultural anthropology. He is the founder of biocognitive science: a new paradigm that investigates the causes of health and the learning of illnesses in cultural contexts. Biocognition identifies complex discoveries of how our cultural beliefs affect our immune, nervous and endocrine systems, and translates them to practical applications. He is the proponent of the new interdisciplinary field he calls cultural psychoneuroimmunology and has published numerous articles in professional journals and books on the causes of health based on his research with centenarians in five different continents. He is the author of the best-selling CD The Mind Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body and the book The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success. Dr. Martinez has investigated cases of alleged Stigmata for the Catholic Church, the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.
- The Mind-Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body
- The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success
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