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The Balance within : The Science Connecting Health and Emotions - Esther M. Sternberg

The Balance within

The Science Connecting Health and Emotions

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Published: 7th May 2001
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Since ancient times humans have felt intuitively that emotions and health are linked, and recently there has been much popular speculation about this notion. But until now, without compelling evidence, it has been impossible to say for sure that such a connection really exists and especially how it works.
Now, that evidence has been discovered.
A thrilling scientific detective story, " The Balance Within" tells how researchers finally uncovered the elusive mind-body connection and what it means for our health. In this beautifully written book, Dr. Esther Sternberg, whose discoveries were pivotal in helping to solve this mystery, provides first hand accounts of the breakthrough experiments that revealed the physical mechanisms - the nerves, cells, and hormones - used by the brain and immune system to communicate with each other. She describes just how stress can make us more susceptible to all types of illnesses, and how the immune system can alter our moods. Finally, she explains how our understanding of these connections in scientific terms is helping to answer such crucial questions as "Does stress make you sick?" "Is a positive outlook the key to better health?" and "How do our personal relationships, work, and other aspects of our lives affect our health?"
A fascinating, elegantly written portrait of this rapidly emerging field with enormous potential for finding new ways to treat disease and cope with stress, "The Balance Within" is essential reading for anyone interested in making their body and mind whole again.

"Dr. Sternberg weaves historical perspective, recent lab results, academic rigor, and popular appeal into an engrossing book." --Dallas Morning News

"One of the best books on emotions and health." --Booklist

"A tour de force, a romp through centuries of scientific discovery written by an expert in the field who brings us to that point where mind speaks to body." --Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner

"The Balance Within delivers the latest scientific advances in prose that is clear and arrestingly beautiful. Sternberg has a gift for the illustrating detail, the clarifying allusion, the telling metaphor. With The Balance Within, Esther Sternberg joins Steven J. Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward Wilson in the current pantheon of great biology writers." --Francisco J. Ayala, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

"Few science books are a beautiful read but The Balance Within achieves exactly that. Esther Sternberg not only illuminates the connections between emotion and health with fascinating precision, but she manages to evoke the emotions themselves, from sunlight happiness to sheltering serenity." --Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Sex on the Brain, Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This refreshing personal saga of research on brain-body interactions knits together historic vignettes with recent experimental approaches. The book is a welcome addition at a time when considerable puzzlement and confusion exists regarding alternative or complementary medicine. We learn to respect the powerful influences exerted by the brain on body function." --Joseph Martin, M.D., Dean of Harvard University Medical School

"Many of the most pressing contemporary health problems are related to the everyday stressors of contemporary society. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Esther Sternberg charts the mechanisms by which everyday stressors affect health and well being as well as the means for minimizing their deleterious effects." --John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D., Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago Dr. Sternberg weaves historical perspective, recent lab results, academic rigor, and popular appeal into an engrossing book. "Dallas Morning News"

One of the best books on emotions and health. "Booklist"

A tour de force, a romp through centuries of scientific discovery written by an expert in the field who brings us to that point where mind speaks to body. "Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner"

"The Balance Within" delivers the latest scientific advances in prose that is clear and arrestingly beautiful. Sternberg has a gift for the illustrating detail, the clarifying allusion, the telling metaphor. With "The Balance Within," Esther Sternberg joins Steven J. Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward Wilson in the current pantheon of great biology writers. "Francisco J. Ayala, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine"

Few science books are a beautiful read but "The Balance Within" achieves exactly that. Esther Sternberg not only illuminates the connections between emotion and health with fascinating precision, but she manages to evoke the emotions themselves, from sunlight happiness to sheltering serenity. "Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Sex on the Brain, Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison"

This refreshing personal saga of research on brain-body interactions knits together historic vignettes with recent experimental approaches. The book is a welcome addition at a time when considerable puzzlement and confusion exists regarding alternative or complementary medicine. We learn to respect the powerful influences exerted by the brain on body function. "Joseph Martin, M.D., Dean of Harvard University Medical School"

Many of the most pressing contemporary health problems are related to the everyday stressors of contemporary society. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Esther Sternberg charts the mechanisms by which everyday stressors affect health and well being as well as the means for minimizing their deleterious effects. "John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D., Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago"" "Dr. Sternberg weaves historical perspective, recent lab results, academic rigor, and popular appeal into an engrossing book." --"Dallas Morning News" "One of the best books on emotions and health." --"Booklist" "A tour de force, a romp through centuries of scientific discovery written by an expert in the field who brings us to that point where mind speaks to body." --Abraham Verghese, author of "The Tennis Partner" ""The Balance Within" delivers the latest scientific advances in prose that is clear and arrestingly beautiful. Sternberg has a gift for the illustrating detail, the clarifying allusion, the telling metaphor. With "The Balance Within," Esther Sternberg joins Steven J. Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward Wilson in the current pantheon of great biology writers." --Francisco J. Ayala, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine "Few science books are a beautiful read but "The Balance Within" achieves exactly that. Esther Sternberg not only illuminates the connections between emotion and health with fascinating precision, but she manages to evoke the emotions themselves, from sunlight happiness to sheltering serenity." --Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "Sex on the Brain," Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison "This refreshing personal saga of research on brain-body interactions knits together historic vignettes with recent experimental approaches. The book is a welcome addition at a time when considerable puzzlement and confusion exists regarding alternative or complementary medicine. We learn to respect the powerful influences exerted by the brain on body function." --Joseph Martin, M.D., Dean of Harvard University Medical School "Many of the most pressing contemporary health problems are related to the everyday stressors of contemporary society. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Esther Sternberg charts the mechanisms by which everyday stressors affect health and well being as well as the means for minimizing their deleterious effects." --John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D., Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago

Prefacep. xi
Emotions and Disease: Molecules and Ancient Mythsp. 1
Where Do Emotions Come From?p. 15
The Dirty Soup Beyond Our Skin: How the Immune System Defends Against the Outside Worldp. 39
Putting the Mind and Body Back Together Againp. 55
It's a Two-Way Street: The Immune System Talks to the Brain and the Brain Talks Backp. 79
When the Brain-Immune Communication Breaks Downp. 93
Can Stress Make You Sick?p. 109
Connecting to Others: Relationships and the Course of Diseasep. 133
Can Believing Make You Well?p. 159
How the Immune System Changes Our Moodsp. 181
Prometheus Unbound: What Does the Future Hold?p. 197
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780716744450
ISBN-10: 0716744457
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7th May 2001
Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition