Vi siete mai chiesti perché alle zebre, oppure ai babbuini, alle iene o ai roditori, non viene l’ulcera (ma nemmeno la depressione, la colite, l’infarto, il diabete e altre malattie croniche) mentre agli esseri umani sì? In un coinvolgente lavoro interamente dedicato allo stress e alle sue conseguenze sulla nostra salute, il neuroscienziato Robert M. Sapolsky risponde a questa domanda tutt’altro che oziosa, spiegando come, di fronte allo stress, il nostro organismo attivi le medesime risposte fisiologiche di quello animale, senza però essere in grado di disattivarle con la stessa rapidità. Grazie a trovate divertenti, notizie fuori dall’ordinario e aneddoti personali, uniti a un rigoroso impianto scientifico, l’autore ci permette di scoprire in che modo il sistema nervoso e il corpo reagiscono agli innumerevoli stimoli dello stress. Così, conoscendo a fondo l’origine e il funzionamento delle tensioni a cui ci sottopone la vita quotidiana, possiamo imparare a gestirle e a combatterle.
Renowned primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a completely revised and updated edition of his most popular work, with over 225,000 copies in print 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 humor 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.
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A collection of original essays by a leading neurobiologist and primatologist shares the author's insights into behavioral biology, in a volume that focuses on three primary topics, including the physiology of genes, the human body, and the factors that shape human social interaction. By the author of A Primate's Memoir. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Lo sport è salute. Ma se non ben calibrato, lo sport può portare a uno stato di affaticamento eccessivo che si può tradurre in malattia. La sindrome da sovrallenamento OTS (Overtraining Syndrome) può costare cara alla donna. Potrebbe darle problemi neurologici o immunitari e intaccarne la fertilità. I segnali del corpo sono diversi da persona a persona: depressione, affaticamento costante (astenia) e alterazioni del ciclo mestruale sono dovute all’alterazione del Sistema Nervoso Autonomo che compromette alcune funzioni biologiche. Quando lo sforzo fisico supera le fisiologiche capacità di adattamento da parte dell’organismo si può arrivare a uno stato di infiammazione cronica latente nell’organismo. E l’infiammazione apre la porta alla malattia. Lavorare sul Sistema Nervoso con l’utilizzo degli alimenti è possibile. Bisogna frenare l’asse dello stress e rifornire l’organismo dei nutrienti indispensabili, evitando pericolose oscillazioni glicemiche. Gli zuccheri sono fondamentali per il rifornimento energetico della donna sportiva ma non è mai consigliabile mantenere l’equilibrio glicemico di un organismo con integratori artificiali. Il libro suggerisce una serie di accorgimenti dietetici e di rimedi naturali, facili da preparare e da utilizzare. Dall’indicazione dei nutrienti indispensabili nell’attività sportiva femminile, agli antiossidanti reperibili in natura, dai consigli per i pasti secondo il ritmo e l’intensità degli allenamenti a uno sguardo del ciclo ormonale femminile. Per il riequilibrio della performance e della salute mentale e fisica.
A Primate's Memoir
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
In the tradition of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, a foremost science writer and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, tells the mesmerizing story of his twenty-one years in remote Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons. “I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla,” writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist’s coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolsky’s twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate’s Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti—for man and beast alike. Over two decades, Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities, gunpoint encounters, and a surreal kidnapping, while witnessing the encroachment of the tourist mentality on the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa. As he conducts unprecedented physiological research on wild primates, he becomes evermore enamored of his subjects—unique and compelling characters in their own right—and he returns to them summer after summer, until tragedy finally prevents him. By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primate’s Memoir is a magnum opus from one of our foremost science writers.
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Why do we do the things we do? Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritance. And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. What goes on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happens? Then he pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell triggers the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones act hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli which trigger the nervous system? By now, he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened. Sapolsky keeps going--next to what features of the environment affected that person's brain, and then back to the childhood of the individual, and then to their genetic makeup. Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How culture has shaped that individual's group, what ecological factors helped shape that culture, and on and on, back to evolutionary factors thousands and even millions of years old. The result is one of the most dazzling tours de horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do...for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize From the man who Oliver Sacks hailed as “one of the best scientist/writers of our time,” a collection of sharply observed, uproariously funny essays on the biology of human culture and behavior. In the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould and Oliver Sacks, Robert Sapolsky offers a sparkling and erudite collection of essays about science, the world, and our relation to both. “The Trouble with Testosterone” explores the influence of that notorious hormone on male aggression. “Curious George’s Pharmacy” reexamines recent exciting claims that wild primates know how to medicate themselves with forest plants. “Junk Food Monkeys” relates the adventures of a troop of baboons who stumble upon a tourist garbage dump. And “Circling the Blanket for God” examines the neurobiological roots underlying religious belief. Drawing on his career as an evolutionary biologist and neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky writes about the natural world vividly and insightfully. With candor, humor, and rich observations, these essays marry cutting-edge science with humanity, illuminating the interconnectedness of the world’s inhabitants with skill and flair.
Vivere con lentezza
Author: Bruno Contigiani
Publisher: Orme Editori
The Instinct to Heal
Author: David Servan-Schreiber
An award-winning psychiatrist and neuroscientist presents seven all-natural approaches to fighting depression and anxiety by building on the body's relationship to the brain, yielding dramatic improvements quickly and permanently. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Life today can feel so fragmented. Often we face enormous pressures both on the work front and at home. Irritable and drained at the end of a long day, we wonder what it is all about. But if we look at our choices through Easwaran's eyes, it's surprising how quickly we begin to discover patience, peace, and meaning. Easwaran shows that the key to finding peace isn't necessarily changing how we work or what we do, but how we think. ''We may not realize it, '' he writes, '' but it is the mind, not external events, that drives our constant sense of urgency and restlessness.'' When we're tired, we need a book we'll enjoy. Easwaran is a master storyteller, and Take Your Time has many entertaining, all-too-recognizable everyday anecdotes to make us smile as we read his insights
Author: Phil Stutz, Barry Michels
Publisher: Random House Canada
A groundbreaking book about personal growth that presents a uniquely effective set of four tools that bring about dynamic change in the present and impart a greater understanding of the depth and complexity of the human condition over the longterm. The Tools addresses the most common complaint patients have about psychotherapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. Barry Michels, an LA-based therapist, was frustrated by his inability to bring his patients faster relief from the issues that plagued them. He found a mentor in Phil Stutz, a psychiatrist who years before devised a methodology that arose from a similar disenchantment. The traditional therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Stutz and Michels employ an arsenal of tools--exercises that access the power of the unconscious and effectively meet the most persistent problems people face--and the results are electrifying. Stutz and Michels are much sought-after--a recent profile in The New Yorker touted them as an "open secret" in Hollywood--and treat a high-powered and creative clientele. Their first work, The Tools transcends the typical self-help genre because of its paradigm-changing material, the credibility of its authors, and the instant appeal and empowerment of its message.
Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something. Here, in Alan Watts’s groundbreaking second book (originally published in 1940), he offers a more challenging thesis: authentic happiness comes from embracing life as a whole in all its contradictions and paradoxes, an attitude that Watts calls the "way of acceptance." Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and analytic psychology, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us and the inner world inside us — the unconscious mind, with its irrational desires, lurking beyond the awareness of the ego. Although written early in his career, The Meaning of Happiness displays the hallmarks of his mature style: the crystal-clear writing, the homespun analogies, the dry wit, and the breadth of knowledge that made Alan Watts one of the most influential philosophers of his generation.