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The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions Paperback – May 7, 2001
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As a result, I learned much about neurochemistry and neuroscience from Dr. Sternberg who helped me make irrefutable connections between foods, moods, hormones and neurotransmitters. This means that everything that is taken into the body, or not taken into the body (e.g., starvation diets, which are extremely dangerous), affects how people drive or just behave in general. So there is a definite link between drivers education and neuroscience, although not readily apparent to the layperson. "The Balance Within" is solidly founded in irrefutable facts "collected from rigorously performed experiments." It is a real treat to read about such things as Chapter 5, "It's a Two-Way Street: The Immune System Talks to the Brain and the Brain Talks Back" and Chapters 6 and 7, "When the Brain-Immune Communication Breaks Down" and "Can Stress Make you Sick?Read more ›
Sternberg flies in the face of conventional medical wisdom by providing proof that stress can make you sick. She provides evidence that the immune system can be trained, citing the work of Bob Ader and Nick Cohen. And she offers evidence that nerve chemicals or hormones can affect immune-cell function in a physiological way.
This is ironic considering that when you ask a psychiatrist or even a psychopharmachologist how the latest generation of SSRI anti-depression/anti-anxiety drugs (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa etc.) work, the answer is that they are not exactly sure.
The medical establishment in the US tends to hive off the debate about health and emotions (the mind-body connection) to the area of alternative medicine. New age healing and some of the Eastern approaches tend to overlook the scientific connection. Sternberg taps history and science to frame the issue and if it were simpled down to the level of a mass market audience her book would be a best seller.
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After reading the first time I have gone straight back to the first page just in case I missed anything the first timePublished 2 months ago by Mairead Ashcroft
Esther Sternberg's book is not well know but deserves to be. The connection between the brain and the body historically been dismissed as "no connection". Read morePublished 16 months ago by lunar1
This is by far one of the most informative books on science that I have ever read. The connection between neuroscience, health, and emotions has captivated me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James R
I work as a physician. For a long time I believe emotions have a great input into the daily routines we go through. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by C. Fiuza Castineira