Friday, February 4, 2011

"Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special" on WSBE Rhode Island PBS

Stress. In the beginning it saved our lives. It's what made us run from predators and enabled us to take down prey. Today, humans are turning on that same life-saving stress response to cope with 30-year mortgages, four-dollar-a-gallon gas, difficult bosses and traffic jams — and we can't seem to turn it off. As a result, we are constantly marinating in corrosive hormones triggered by the stress response.

Now, scientists are showing just how measurable and dangerous prolonged exposure to stress can be. Stanford University neurobiologist, MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient and renowned author Robert Sapolsky and National Geographic reveal new answers to why and how stress is killing us in Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special. This 2008 co-production of National Geographic Television and Stanford University, produced exclusively for public television, airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS Wednesday, February 9 at 8 p.m.

Read more here on the National Geographic page.

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