September 4, 2008
Esther Sternberg —
Stress and the Balance Within

The American experience of stress has spawned a multi-billion dollar self-help industry. Wary of this, Esther Sternberg says that, until recently, modern science did not have the tools or the inclination to take emotional stress seriously. She shares fascinating new scientific insight into the molecular level of the mind-body connection.



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is a rheumatologist, researcher, and author of The Balance Within.

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The Mind-Body Interaction in Disease

The brain and the immune system continuously signal each other, often along the same pathways, which may explain how state of mind influences health

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I also believe stress has a part in how your body operates do hpw many people have high blood pressure.

Adrenaline has a huge impact on the functioning of organs. It's good that stress is being taken seriously.

About mind body interaction, not only in disease, but also in aging. I give you and example. You see that really healthy, filled with energy mid-late 50's people. They look nice for their age. They follow a pension scheme as soon as they are a little above 60. Most of them age fast. Extremely fast. And I think this is because the lack of their goals, the feeling of being useless and so on. I also think mind and body are extremely interconnected, and I think that there should be ways to channel the Placebo effect thru the power of our minds.