Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.