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Robert M. Sapolsky
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23 Sep 2004
Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear - and the ones that plague us now - are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way - through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick. Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humour and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; New edition edition (23 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805073698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073690
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preface Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers? Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Voodoo Death Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets Ulcers, the Runs, and Hot Fudge SundaesDwarfism and the Importance of Mothers Sex and Reproduction Immunity, Stress, and Disease Stress and Pain Stress and MemoryStress and a Good Night's Sleep Aging and Death Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful? Stress and Depression Personality, Temperament, and Their Stress-Related ConsequencesJunkies, Adrenaline Junkies, and Pleasure The View from the Bottom Managing Stress Notes Illustration Credits Index

About the Author

Robert M. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museum of Kenya. He is the author of "A Primate's Memoir" and "The Trouble with Testosterone," which was a "Los Angeles Times Book" Award finalist. A regular contributor to "Discover "and "The Sciences," and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, he lives in San Francisco.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allow a lot of time for this read 27 July 2013
By Saphi
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This was recommended to me by my osteopath. My job is stressful and desk based and tension through the muscles on my right side particularly cause a number of problems. When I started reading I thought I couldn't stick with it because of medical references which I couldn't pronounce, never mind memorise; but you don't need to remember them, they come up so often they become familiar. It is a fascinating, research backed work of the many ways stress is at the centre of common illnesses. A single severe, or a prolonged episode of stress can cause changes in the body resulting in autoimmune system reactions, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, cancers, tendonitis, addiction- the list is quite something. In amongst the heaviness of the subject matter the author gets quite a lot of dry humour into the chapters, so you do actually stay entertained as well as receiving an invaluable education on the terrible and sometimes life shortening effects of stress on the body. It also offers supportive and helpful guidance in the later chapters. The theme of the zebra makes the whole book cohesive so you don't want to skip chapters. Not one you can flick through- it's a granular but rewarding read.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, he made stress interesting! 8 Jan 2005
By A Customer
As a Msc Health Psychology student, with a background in the 'psychology' but none in the the 'health' I've really struggled to understand all the terms thrown around in class. I had no idea how the immune system worked, and to be frank I didn't care.
But the author writes in a way that not only helps your understanding but also makes you laugh and want to learn at the same time.
An absolute must for anyone studying stress, coping and disease, an probably an entertaining read even if you're not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for why do zebras don't get ulcers 8 Dec 2012
By Flora
An excellent book from one of the best biologist of the new century. Interesting and immediate, i highly recommend it to anyone who is interest in popularized biology and stress in humans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lively scientific report on stress 27 May 2008
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Your body is a sophisticated machine. If it were an automobile, it would be a top-of-the-line, luxury-class vehicle with all of the latest options. There's just one problem: Your body was designed for the savannas of Africa, not the streets and sidewalks of some urban metropolis. This is a major issue due to one of your body's great fail-safe systems: the stress-response mechanism, also called the "fight-or-flight syndrome." This mechanism provides your body with its best chance to get away safely from sudden peril, such as when a lion attacks you. It immediately floods your muscles with robust energy. Thus strengthened, you are far more able to evade the hungry predator. Unfortunately, this same stress-response also kicks in during psychological stress. In much of modern city life (even without stalking lions), such stress is often chronic, making your stress-response mechanism work dangerously overtime, and putting your body at risk of numerous stress-related disorders and diseases. Robert M. Sapolsky, a leading neuroendocrinologist, explains it all in this lively and entertaining, yet highly informative book. He writes with delightful, ironic verve and dry, irrepressible wit. He details how chronic stress can undermine your health, and explains what you can do about it, even in the urban jungle. getAbstract feels calmer just suggesting that anyone experiencing stress could benefit from reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful with my studies 23 Aug 2014
I am studying naturopathic nutrition, and stress is something which this book covers excellently in it's affects upon the body. Whilst the language may be a bit too technical for some people, and certainly would have been for me before my studies, the message of the book gets across. The author assures you not to worry about the technical language, as it is repeated so often you become familiar with it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful information about stress 10 July 2007
I really enjoyed this book and found that some difficult information could be interesting and fun. He writes in a very personal manner and at the same time scientific. As a psychologist I found that the information in this book could be applied to clients clinically and my own knowledge on the topic stress has expanded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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this is brilliant read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really clear and concise! 5 Mar 2014
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Fantastically written to make understanding the trickier, more scientific side of stress understandable and accessible. I found it helped my understanding of the terminology and brain regions involved by explaining it in plain english! A really good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
Very in depth book. Great for someone studying naturopathics, or a doctor wishing to extend their knowledge. Absolutely fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
A great read, everyone who feels stressed should read this book. Then they might understand how permanently damaging stress can be and change their life style.
Published 8 months ago by Claire Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Utterly Brilliant, Robert Sapolsky is a genius. He really goes into the biology of stress and as a way with words that make me wish he wrote books in other areas of science.
Published 8 months ago by Spyros Pandis
4.0 out of 5 stars wanna now about stress?
Very interesting and easy writen book about how stress comes about and what it does to your body.
I would have liked to read a but more about how to handle strass effectivly.
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A humorous and interesting book crammed full of information. Just found it a bit complicated and skimmed some of the chapters.
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