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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers : An Updated Guide To Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping ("Scientific American" Library) 2nd Edition
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With wit, graceful writing, and a sprinkling of Far Side cartoons, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers makes understanding the science of stress an adventure in discovery. "This book is a primer about stress, stress-related disease, and the mechanisms of coping with stress. How is it that our bodies can adapt to some stressful emergencies, while other ones make us sick? Why are some of us especially vulnerable to stress-related diseases, and what does that have to do with our personalities?"
Sapolsky, a Stanford University neuroscientist, explores stress's role in heart disease, diabetes, growth retardation, memory loss, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. He cites tantalizing studies of hyenas, baboons, and rodents, as well as of people of different cultures, to vividly make his points. And Sapolsky concludes with a hopeful chapter, titled "Managing Stress." Although he doesn't subscribe to the school of thought that hope cures all disease, Sapolsky highlights the studies that suggest we do have some control over stress-related ailments, based on how we perceive the stress and the kinds of social support we have. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Sapolsky has a true talent for simplifying the complex, without patronizing the reader or diluting the facts. Even with a few years of vet school behind me, I still found myself learning something from every page. Not only that, but I was looking forward to reading each page, wondering what hilarious story or anecdote would come next.
I wish I had read Dr. Sapolsky's work before I had taken first-year physiology. I would have been far better off.
[As a side note, I was touched by the dedication.]
Sapolosky addressed all of my difficult questions and some that I hadn't thought of. His easy to read style and humourous personality makes his serious topic more appealing.
Cardiologists in my area do not accept stress as one of the major risk factors in heart disease. Having had virtually ongoing job stress and periodic family crises such depression, a brain tumour, job loss, involuntary job reassignments and now bonafide heart disease, it is my personal phsyican's opinion that "stress" is one of the major factors of heart disease and also plays a role in other serious diseases such as ulcers, colitis, memory, sex and aging and depression.
Saplolsky addresses the main questions and issues in a very readable and guides the reader to options and solutions for developing a personal action plan.
Highly recommended to spouses, supporters and people who are willing to acknowledge that stress might be a factor in their health.
Most of us know we should do a better job of managing stress in our lives, including myself. This is the sort of book I plunge into with a combination of morbid fascination and hypochondriacal paranoia. This is because the book itself was rather stressful to read, since I found out in manifold and gory detail about all the damage I'd been doing to my brain and body with all those high-paying but high-stress jobs I've had all my life. Although I made good money, I found out that I'd probably aged myself about 10 years in the process. However, as I said, the book makes for fascinating if somewhat morbid reading. For those with the adrenal cojones to handle it, this is the best book on the nature of stress and its effects that I've read. It's more a book on the physiology of stress, and so there isn't much on practical coping strategies, so if you're interested in information on that, you'll have to look elsewhere.
That having been said, I thought I would mention the best strategy I've ever encountered, of which I'm sure Sapolsky would approve, since it's based on some sound research in the area, and relates to one of his main points. Sapolsky makes a convincing case that we evolved for a very different stress regimen than our current lives and civilization provides.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to understand the roles that stress plays in health and disease, and especially the roles that it plays in early childhood development and in aging, this is the best... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Draper Kauffman
A very informative and fun read about how stress affects our bodies (human and various non-humans). Sapolsky injects considerable humor into his observations / conclusions and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Hoffmann
A little on the boring side. I get the picture that stress is really bad for the whole body.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dr. Sapolsky manages to present a vast amount of information in a way that is very approachable and easy to comprehend. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jenny O.
Interesting book covers a lot of diverse areas in depth. Doesn't have much to do with zebrasPublished 11 months ago by Phillaphenia