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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Movie - Stress: Portrait of a Killer

PNI, or psychoneuroimmunology, tells us about the body-mind connection. Stress, something that can take place in the mind (worrying about the mortgage payment, fear of public speaking), has an immediate chemical effect on the body that - if it is chronic (as it tends to be in our modern world) as opposed to occasional stress (as evoked by needing to avoid a tiger who is chasing you for lunch), can be very bad for our long-term health due to the effect stress has on our brain, and our cells. We need to learn how to deal with stress in other ways in order to ameliorate its effects on us.

This is the blurb offered online by Stanford University, about their movie Stress: Portrait of a Killer, on their Youtube site about it:

As we've evolved, the human stress response has saved our lives. Today, we turn on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with intense, ongoing stressors - and we can't seem to turn it off. Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University, reveals just how dangerous prolonged exposure to stress can be in the documentary, "Stress: Portrait of a Killer."

See the video clip introducing the movie


If you have any difficulty viewing it, click here for the Youtube site to see it there, or click here to go directly to the Stanford University site dedicated to the movie, where you can also link to the option of purchasing the full feature from National Geographic who produced the movie.

Clicking here takes you to another Stanford U site with fascinating podcasts by Dr. Robert Sapolsky about the same topic ... because obviously the next question is: so what can I do about my stress and I'll address that in tomorrow's post.

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