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Anxiety, Stress + HIV, Stress + cardiovascular disease, cancer, Decreasing stress, Stress hardiness, Depression

Stress and Immunity
by Inna B. Mertsalova

More Than a Book About Stress –

A Self-Help Tool That Gathers

All You Need to Know to Stay Healthy

In recent years, we have gained increasing knowledge of the roles stress and stress hormones play in our health. It is amazing how the presentation of a stressor—whether in one event or a series of events—might involve us in appraising the environmental challenge and lead us to the “fight-or-flight” response on a physiological level.

The idea that stress has only harmful effects does not draw a full picture of its role in our health and well-being. It is scientifically proven that stress and stress hormones not only have a negative impact on our bodies, but they also have potentially beneficial properties, aimed at mobilizing our immune system for fighting immunologic confrontations.

How does this work? In Stress and Immunity, Dr. Inna B. Mertsalova illustrates how our immune system functions under exposure to stress. Understanding these processes can help us cope with stress and stay healthy.

The book also includes a test to check how you cope with stress and the information about sleep habits, physical activities, and nutrition that are necessary for reducing your stress level.

This book is a valuable empirically proven source of information about the bi-directional effects of stress on our immune system. This book is written for everyone who wants to understand how stress modifies our body causing illness. Also, this volume has a great potential as a supplemental reading material for graduate students in the broad range of medical education.

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Inna B. Mertsalova was awarded a PhD in health psychology from Walden University, in addition to already obtained an MSc in psychology and an MA in English and French linguistics. She has performed extensive research in psycho-oncology, focusing on how humans’ vulnerability to stress reactions might influence the physiological state of the body. Believing that knowledge empowers us to understand how we become ill due to stress, she provides the results of health psychology research to the public by writing literature reviews. For more information, visit


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