Much of the interview was spent discussing whether there is a cause and effect relationship between high levels of stress in one's life and illness. In other words, is there scientific evidence connecting the presence of the former with the onset of the latter? Sternberg is a down-to-earth speaker, not a high-fallutin' medical-ese sort of speaker. I was riveted by what she described. It's worth listening to the interview and you can do so on the following website for the program: http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/stress/index.shtml
Her book, which was published in 2000, addresses question such as:
- Will stress make us sick?
- Will believing make us well?
- Why do we feel sick when we get sick?
- How does our health affect our moods?
If you're interested to know more about her, her website is http://www.esthersternberg.com/.
Have you ever experienced a situation where you were pretty darn sure that your health was being affected by the stress in your life?