National Geographic: Stress - Portrait of a Killer
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Scientific discoveries in the field and in the lab prove that stress is not a state of mind, but something measurable and dangerous. Over the last three decades, Stanford university neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky has been advancing our understanding of st
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One scientist stated that our society admires people who multitask and accomplish so much. But that is actually very stressful. She stated that we should admire people who have balanced and serene lives. I agree with her. What value does all this "over achievement" add to our lives, when it is killing us.
This is an excellent DVD, because it makes the viewer re-evaluate one's life and ask the all important question, "What should we value in life to bring about the happiness we are all searching for?"
I highly recommend this DVD.
I've followed Robert Sapolsky's work for 10+ years and he definitely is the #1 expert on the effects of stress on the brain.
Prolonged, sustained, excessive stress and your similar response to it, not only causes deterioration of your brain, but it also compromises your immune system; your ability to fight off diseases.
Thousands of years ago, we mostly lived until we either starved, were accidentally poisoned or we were eaten by another animal. Now, we have the distinct ability to slowly kill ourselves over a period of about 80 years with chemical laced foods, too much alcohol and prolonged reaction to stressful events. All are avoidable, if we make the choice to do so.
Unfortunately, most of the people who really need the information in this documentary will never see it and the vast majority who do see it will ignore it. Only those determined to live a quality life for as long as possible will pay attention to this video.
At the present time, 1 in 4 of us will die in a state of dementia or with Alzheimer's. If you want to increase your odds against that happening, then buy this video, pay attention to it, re-watch it several times and invest in a scientifically proven brain fitness program. Not just crossword puzzles and Sudoku, nor any of the popular Name Brand games that mislead you to believe that they will improve your brain or memory. Invest in yourself with a research-based program that has been scientifically designed for the human brain, extensively tested on humans, published and peer-reviewed. The cost for such a program is minimal compared to being an invalid who not only can't find their car keys, but doesn't remember what they are for! For an introduction to the proper type of program that you should use, I suggest you watch, "The Brain Fitness Program" DVD featuring Peter Coyote.
If this video has piqued your interest in repairing your brain, maintaining your brain and improving you brain, then you will probably also enjoy reading the following -
"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" by Robert M. Sapolsky, Ph.D.
"Spark" by John Ratey" M.D.
"Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain" by Sharon Begley
"Brain Rules" by Dr. John Medina
"Can't Remember What I Forgot" by Sue Halpern
"The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge, M.D.
Most of the above are easily read without a medical or scientific background. The few parts that do get a little "deep" are short and should not keep you from finishing the book and understanding the message of the author. Some of the above are also available in Audio format.
So, again, I suggest that you buy this and put the information to use. You can add life to your years and years to your life!