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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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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: 9781452611419
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.70 (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. He has recorded over 170 audiobooks, over 100 for children; has been nominated for an Audie Award; and has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and starred reviews.

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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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