Epigenetic modifications are chemical marks written into DNA during fetal development to correctly program how our genes function in different organs that program their activity.
A few decades ago, when washing machines and refrigerators were simple machines and had not ambitions of being advanced, they lasted for many years, even decades. Today, they are digital, with controlled temperatures, fancy lighting and other sophisticated features and need the repairman to come more often.
Although Jewish Holocaust survivors – average 85 years old today – are generally considered an amazingly resilient group despite the terrors that they endured, those that suffer from post-trauma have been found to adopt harmful health behaviors like smoking, drinking alcohol and avoiding physical exercise. Unfortunately, these survivors also tend to “hand down” such behaviors to their adult children, who are now middle aged or even older.
Unlike in the US, there is no person in Israel who is untouched by terrorism or war; soldiers are an integral part of Israeli society.
It seems there is another sector in the Israeli population that has been almost ignored – those with permanent physical or sensory disabilities, who have now been found at a high risk for developing post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) from terrorism and war.
On Wednesday night a Hamas barrage of almost 200 rockets was launched at southern Israel. In addition to the powerful response by the IDF, civilian volunteers went into action, helping victims wounded in body and soul – saving lives under fire.
The feature-length documentary tells the story of three Israeli combat veterans whose injuries from recent battles motivate them to rebuild their lives and search for new identities, physically and emotionally.
When a terror attack is reported by the media, the story focuses on the number of casualties, while the psychological trauma goes undiscussed.
Horse therapy, also called Equine Assisted Therapy, dates back as early as 600 BCE to the ancient Greeks.
“PTSD has a domino effect, with a wide reach which can last years. It can linger after the event is no longer a news item or part of conversations.”