"Stress is killing us," warns Talbott, and "humans are not zebras": unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, our fight-or-flight reactions to physical and emotional disturbances can lead to prolonged, chronic stress and elevated levels of cortisol. Over the long term, excessive amounts of this "primary stress hormone" can "kill your sex drive, shrink your brain, squelch your immune system, and generally make you feel terrible." While Talbott freely admits that nearly as many ways to cope with stress exist as events and situations that cause it, his recommended solution to alleviating tension and achieving balanced cortisol levels is the SENSE program. These five principles-Stress management, Exercise, Nutrition, Supplements and Evaluation-aren't necessarily groundbreaking, but they're undoubtedly sensible. Talbott is a nutritionist, and thus the book's coverage of vitamins, minerals and adaptogens (general anti-stress supplements) is especially comprehensive, and includes important recommendations for safety and dosage levels. With features including a "Stress Self-Test," daily food plans and a guide to additional stress management resources, the text is organized for both quick reference use as well as for readers, especially health care workers, interested in conducting a more detailed exploration.
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The dieting ideas were outdated, but the info on how cortisol works was great. Talbott needs to revamp his advice!Published 23 months ago by Veronica Lacaille
This book is an excellent introduction into cortisol and the health issues surrounding this hormone. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2011 by David
I knew that stress killed, but makes you fat too! Ouch! This book now shares space with all the mind/body/spirit books I use in counseling. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
I was suprised to find The Cortisol Connection a very easy to read book given the technical nature of the topic. The author, Dr. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Bonnie Jo Davis
I have not read this book - my comment is concerning one of the other reviews that states he recommends 'Cortislim.' Why does the Dr. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Nana Moon
This book is essential for anyone who is gaining weight and stressed and but alot of us do not realize how stress makes us fat. This book is me. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Deb