Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

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Robert Sapolsky's acclaimed Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers combines cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice to explain how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's body does, but we usually do not turn off the stress-response in the same way -- through fighting, fleeing, or...
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Overview

Robert Sapolsky's acclaimed Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers combines cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice to explain how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's body does, but we usually do not turn off the stress-response in the same way -- through fighting, fleeing, or other quick actions. Over time, this chronic activation of the stress-response can make us literally sick. This thoroughly updated third edition, which features new chapters on sleep disorders and addictions as well as new sections on gender differences, anxiety, weight gain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and stress management, is richer than ever with insights into how the nervous system responds to stress and how those responses can be controlled.
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The subtitle continues: This book looks at the big monster of the entertainment industry from two primary perspectives: the artist's and the manager's. Some chapters are even subdivided into several parts to speak independently to the different readers. The authors cover a huge range of material gleaned from their combined sixty plus years in the industry, but their breadth sometimes comes at the expense of depth. For a good overview of what to expect in a music career from either side of the contract, this is a good reference. For the details, consult a manager. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Delightful voice pro Peter Berkrot keeps the action going with his skillful expression of the author's wry humor and nuanced intelligence. This and his sensitive way of interpreting Sapolsky's more surprising or important statements gives this lengthy audio the dramatic edge needed to make it endlessly fascinating." ---AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805073690
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 53,453
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert M. Sapolsky is the author of books including A Primate's Memoir and The Trouble with Testosterone, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist.

A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot held feature roles in Caddyshack and Showtime's Brotherhood, and his audiobooks include The Woods by Harlan Coben and Country Driving by Peter Hessler. Library Journal described Peter's narration of When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton as "a brilliant job of personalizing each of the men in Jimmy's life."

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From Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers:

Regardless of how poorly we are getting along with a family member or how incensed we are about losing a parking spot, we rarely settle that sort of thing with a fistfight. Likewise, it is a rare event when we have to stalk and personally wrestle down our dinner. Essentially, we humans live well enough and long enough, and are smart enough, to generate all sorts of stressful events purely in our heads. How many hippos worry about whether Social Security is going to last as long as they will, or even what they are going to say on a first date? Viewed from the perspective of the evolution of the human kingdom, psychological stress is a recent invention. If someone has just signed the order to hire a hated rival after months of plotting and maneuvering, her physiological responses might be shockingly similar to those of a savanna baboon who has just lunged and slashed the face of a competitor. And if someone spends months on end twisting his innards in anxiety, anger, and tension over some emotional problem, this might very well lead to illness.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers? 1
2 Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones 19
3 Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Voodoo Death 37
4 Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets 57
5 Ulcers, the Runs, and Hot Fudge Sundaes 71
6 Dwarfism and the Importance of Mothers 92
7 Sex and Reproduction 120
8 Immunity, Stress, and Disease 144
9 Stress and Pain 186
10 Stress and Memory 202
11 Stress and a Good Night's Sleep 226
12 Aging and Death 239
13 Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful? 252
14 Stress and Depression 271
15 Personality, Temperament, and Their Stress-Related Consequences 309
16 Junkies, Adrenaline Junkies, and Pleasure 335
17 The View from the Bottom 353
18 Managing Stress 384
Notes 419
Illustration Credits 517
Index 521
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    Stressed?

    This book is amazing for anyone who is stressed, was stressed or will be stressed in their lives. Sapolsky has a great ability to write for the biologist and the average person alike without the feeling that it is 'dumbed down'. As a biologist 'read: stressed' this book was the perfect way for me to realize that we are creatures built for short intense bouts of stress rather than the prolonged stress that we encouter ever day. Sapolsky defines the different types of stress, teaches the mechanisms of that stress and the bodily systems it affects and then even goes so far as to give ways to cope. The author has a great sense of humor so the book is never dull and boring, like your average science textbook. Not your typical self-help book. A great read for zebras and humans alike.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    A more technical but very thorough discussion of consequences of stress.

    This author is a humorous writer, describing the human predicament as one we have great control over but only if we choose to. This book is completely thorough in describing the effects of stress which are both good and bad. It is a bit more technical but if you don't mind rereading some text, you won't need any other book on the subject. There are no secrets to a healthy lifestyle, just a lot of common sense, valuing health and prioritizing life. This book describes both the why and the how of a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    A great book and an introduction to some amazing science of the

    A great book and an introduction to some amazing science of the human mind and body. I can't recommend it enough. Although dense with science, it is craftily hidden in cool stories.
    You get to the end smarter, entertained, and understanding yourself much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Stress

    Thank you Radiolab for introducing me to Robert Sapolsky

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    Posted January 18, 2013

    Nursery

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