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The End of Stress as We Know It
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Internationally recognized authority Dr. Bruce McEwen has a startling message for us about stress: while some stress is inevitable, being "stressed out" is not. In fact, we can learn to re-channel the powerful stress activators in our lives to make us more productive. Hamlet spoke of "suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." These days we simply use the word "stress." Dr. McEwen's groundbreaking research on the relationship between brain function and stress reactions has demonstrated that stress is nature's way of empowering us to respond to sudden events while remaining prepared to meet a challenge. But too often this stress response cannot help us toward a speedy resolution. Over time, the very system that's designed to protect us begins to cause wear and tear on our bodies--actually bringing on illnesses as diverse and severe as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, ulcers, and increased susceptibility to colds and infections. By recognizing the physiological function of stress--also known as "allostatic load"--we can learn how to live in a way that will limit the damage stress can cause to the body and brain. "The End of Stress as We Know It show us how to reduce stress, increase our overall sense of health and well-being--and even turn aside the slings and arrows of life.
Book News Annotation:
Neuroendocrinologist McEwen translates scientific research on the brain and the immune system into lay terms for the chronically stressed-out. He explains how the body's stress response evolved to help us cope with changes and challenges, and how it can cause illness and depression if it gets out of balance. He describes simple, grandmother-approved steps--exercise, a healthy diet, regular sleep--that can keep stress in check, and then explains precisely how they work to calm a body down.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
While some stress is inevitable, being "stressed out" is not. McEwen teaches readers how to reduce stress, increase overall sense of health and well-being--and even turn aside the slings and arrows of life.
This text invites us to improve our brain-body connections in approach to healthy living based on science. It aims to encourage to use our natural abilities to cope with stress, rather than falling victim to it.
Deprived of its natural successful result, the very system that's designed to protect us begins to cause wear and tear on our bodies - actually bringing on illnesses as diverse and severe as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, ulcers, and increased susceptibility to colds and infections. The good news is that there are definite things that we can do to prevent this process from ultimately taking this wrong turn. New research in brain functioning allows us to understand the reactions our bodies have to various stressful circumstances. That knowledge is power - the power to harness the energy stored within us and to channel it in positive ways. The "End of Stress as We Know It" leads us to a new appreciation of the mind-body connection so that we learn how to reduce stress and increase our overall sense of health and well-being - and even turn aside the slings and arrows of life. This book is co-published with the Dana Press.
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