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Currently, we are living in a world that is filled with stress and anxiety and the intentional reduction of physical touch. In this episode, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt discusses the connection between the mind and the body, specifically relating to touch, with Dr. Claudia Aguirre, neuroscientist, and skin expert.

The Importance of Touch on Development

Studies with premature infants show the importance of physical touch both physiological and psychological.  The benefit that premature infants gain from skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) with their mothers is measurable even 10 years after birth, reports a study in Biological Psychiatry.1  

Interview Topics:

In the second half of the episode, Dr. Karlfeldt and Dr. Claudia discuss skin health, gut health, and skin microbiome.  

#health #wellness #touch #covid19 #futurism 

1. https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/the-loving-touch-is-critical-for-premature-infants

2. TedTalk https://youtu.be/Rat1n34l_wI

3. Global Wellness Institute   

Dr. Claudia Aguirre is a neuroscientist and skin expert, specializing in the connection between the mind and the body. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, where she investigated hormonal interactions in the aging brain. In between her studies, she researched molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has also completed a certificate course on Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change at Loyola Marymount University.

Dr. Aguirre has presented on the brain-skin connection at TEDx UCLA and has also created several TED Education lessons, which have reached an audience of millions worldwide.

Dr. Aguirre consults internationally as a professional speaker, writer, and spokesperson in the health and wellness industries. Her work has been recently featured in Vogue, The Atlantic, The Guardian, YouBeauty, Refinery29, Open Culture, and Netflix. Her blog can be found on the Huffington Post.

Health is what you make it!