Thanks so much for sharing this, Sharon! Enjoyed listening to Sapolsky this morning. His research is fascinating, it made me want to go back to school. I took copious notes for my own research pile.
I think this is recommended watching/listening for all MSers and caregivers, since he deals with the neuronal effects of chronic stress and elevated glutocorticoids.
I loved his primate study results, showing the psychological stressors which can create a rise in glucocorticoids in the brain, and his recommendations for any of us that might be creating our own stressful responses to situations. (The chronic high stress response of female primates in a male dominated society made me go "hmmmm.....") My own dealings with post traumatic stress syndrome after the Loma Prieta earthquake and the lessons learned thru yoga and breathing have made me a believer. Perception is 99% of the battle. A sense of control really helps.
I also thought it was interesting that his research has shown worse neuronal damage for stroke patients given corticosteroids in the hospital...that the short term result of less inflammation gives way to long term degeneration from increased glucocortisol in the hippocampus, and "steroid dementia". He recommends using mannitol instead of steroids.
Anyway, an interesting video. Thanks for all of your wise insights and encouragement, Sharon. It is truly appreciated. I'm thankful for this "social outlet" for my stressors