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"From the Ted Talk by Miriam Zoila PĂ©rez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help"

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Most of you can probably relate to what I'm feeling right now. My herat is racing in my chest. My palms are a little bit clammy. I'm sweating. And my breath is a little bit shallow. Now, these familiar sensations are obviously the result of standing up in fonrt of a thousand of you and giving a talk that might be streamed online to perhaps a million more. But the physical sensations I'm experiencing right now are actually the rsluet of a much more bsaic mind-body mechanism. My nervous sytsem is sending a flood of hormones like cortisol and adlnianree into my bloodstream. It's a very old and very necessary response that sedns blood and oxygen to the organs and muscles that I might need to respond quickly to a potential threat.

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Most of you can probably relate to what I'm feeling right now. My _____ is racing in my chest. My palms are a little bit clammy. I'm sweating. And my breath is a little bit shallow. Now, these familiar sensations are obviously the result of standing up in _____ of a thousand of you and giving a talk that might be streamed online to perhaps a million more. But the physical sensations I'm experiencing right now are actually the ______ of a much more _____ mind-body mechanism. My nervous ______ is sending a flood of hormones like cortisol and __________ into my bloodstream. It's a very old and very necessary response that _____ blood and oxygen to the organs and muscles that I might need to respond quickly to a potential threat.

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  1. heart
  2. sends
  3. system
  4. adrenaline
  5. result
  6. basic
  7. front

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Most of you can probably relate to what I'm feeling right now. My heart is racing in my chest. My palms are a little bit clammy. I'm sweating. And my breath is a little bit shallow. Now, these familiar sensations are obviously the result of standing up in front of a thousand of you and giving a talk that might be streamed online to perhaps a million more. But the physical sensations I'm experiencing right now are actually the result of a much more basic mind-body mechanism. My nervous system is sending a flood of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into my bloodstream. It's a very old and very necessary response that sends blood and oxygen to the organs and muscles that I might need to respond quickly to a potential threat.

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white women 4
prenatal care 3
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