About Mary

Mary Wingo in Cuenca, Ecuador

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My name is Mary Wingo, and I am a scientist/business person living in Ecuador. I am originally from the United States, though I must say I always felt out of place when I lived there. Ecuador is the home I have always looked for.

I have my Ph.D. from University of North Texas in physiology, specifically human stress research. This field of study deeply challenged me to fully understand human adaptation and its mechanisms requires diving in deep at all levels of biology, ecology, psychology, sociology, as well as economics and politics.

When exploring my studies of how a human is stressed and faces demands for adaptation, I had to understand what was going on at the genomic and resultant protein synthesis levels. I also had to integrate these concepts into cellular, tissue, and organ functioning. Then there was exploring the nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system’s responses and interactions to the stressor and to each other.

After doing many years of research on a purely biological level, I needed to explore the psychological aspects of the stress response, since it is implicated heavily for higher mammals, especially for humans. Then there was looking is the social part of stress, which is possibly the most intense and potentially destructive stressor we humans endure. Of course, there are massive political and economic consequences when we multiply the unmitigated human stress by billions of people, as well as environmental ones.

As you can see, the study of the adaptive response may be the most complicated and disorganized field in science. Though there are brilliant clinicians and researchers who have added mind blowing insights to the field,  the sheer complexity of exploring the mechanisms of the human adaptive response in its full context is almost too much for a single human mind to wrap itself around.

My attempt is to simplify and to introduce this topic to the general public, as well as to other thought leaders, in a way they can truly understand and make actionable choices. This is surely complex, but it is possibly  one of the most fascinating topics in science, due to it’s far reaching consequences.

Enjoy. This is going to be a fun ride.

“One thing that seems to escape many analysts and political leaders is the staggering costs of stress in modern society within the psychological, social, political, and economic sectors. In fact, preventable human stress leads to (many, many) millions of unnecessary deaths every year…”

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About Dr. Mary Wingo:

Mary Wingo was born in the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in human stress research from The University of North Texas. In 2014, She emigrated to Ecuador, a tiny country in South America. Living in a new and very different society opened her eyes to the unsustainable social, economic, and political costs preventable stress causes in the modern world. Dr. Wingo’s aim is to clearly explain to the public the biological mechanisms behind the stress response, as well as its staggering costs to society. In the past year, she has had more than 100+ media placements, including those with BBCABC, and Men’s Health. Dr. Wingo’s academic specialty is physiology, and specifically, the human physiological stress response.

Background and Personal Statement

My name is Mary Wingo and I have been a permanent resident in Ecuador for 3 years. I am trained as a Ph.D. scientist and I am business person originally from the United States. My expertise includes deep understanding of human physiology and the human stress response. I have been deeply interested with the topic of human stress for many years, as the cost to our communities every year is in the trillions of dollars. In addition, millions of people die prematurely, or suffer disability needlessly because of preventable exposure to stress. I was also trying to unravel the fascinating mechanisms behind the biology.

The study of stress and adaptation is probably the most complicated and fascinating field in science. After more than a hundred years of study. most scientists are still mystified by the mechanisms of human adaptation. I wanted to change this and tell your readers about the fascinating science behind the stress response. I also want to tell you about the 20 years it took to understand stress, and how I was very reluctant to write my book covering this topic.

It took many years to find the words to describe the depth of this to the intelligent non-scientist. I then wanted to present science-based solutions that do not require money or advanced medical knowledge so that every community in every culture can benefit from these steps in this “how-to” guide. I wanted to empower intelligent non-scientists all over the planet.

I would like to introduce you to my life’s work The Impact of the Human Stress Response: The biologic origins of human stress.

The Impact of the Human Stress Response is a HUMANITARIAN WORK intended to educate the public worldwide about the true causes and costs of preventable human stress.This book is of great importance to the general public. It will transform many, many lives.

Let me go into more detail. What exactly is “stress”? And what gives it the potential to cause so much damage? In a groundbreaking account twenty years in the making, I explain the root causes of modern stress, and how it harms our bodies, as well as our communities.

In the book I also explain:

-The root causes of stress and learn how to manage it effectively

-Why the stress response is essential for helping one adapt to one’s environment

-The fascinating biology of human stress

-The 5 major causes of stress in modernized society

-How to protect your health – learn how to avoid overloading one body’s stress response

My specialty is physiology, and specifically, the human physiological stress response. One thing that seems to escape many analysts and political leaders is the staggering costs of stress in modern society within the psychological, social, political, and economic sectors. In my analysis, preventable human stress leads to (many, many) millions of unnecessary death every year.

Furthermore, the economic costs of chemical, physical, and psychological human stress worldwide are well into the multiple trillions of dollars of losses every year.

These losses are due to five major causes:

1. Loss of working memory
2. Loss of social capital
3. Loss of social equality
4. Depletion of the human biome
5. Chemical stress, both voluntary and involuntary sources

This book has been through 18 edits with 3 editors, 4 designers, and 4 professional consultants. The reason why this painstaking work has been done is to make the work readable to the non-scientific community, That is, it is a work that is intended to be accessible and understood by regular people. It is intended to make science more democratic.

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2 thoughts on “About Mary

  1. Hello, Dr. Wingo, I discovered you by hearing you on the Sharon Kleyne radio program, and I am fascinated by you and your work. I am simply connecting here to tell you so, and to express my hope that we may connect more deeply sometime. I want to read your book and continue to root around on your site. Meanwhile, I wish you blessings and joy and continued beneficial discoveries. –Robert

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