Prof. Peter Sterling discusses allostatic stress load and the implications for health

This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Dr Peter Sterling about the allostatic stress load and its impact on health. The term “allostasis” has been coined to clarify ambiguities associated with the word “stress.” Allostasis refers to the adaptive processes that maintain homeostasis through the production of mediators such as adrenalin, cortisol and other chemical messengers.They discuss how Peter integrated his interests in neuroanatomy, physiology psychology and human behaviour/social issues etc. that then informed his career and the development of the stress model that considered social injustices. We also discuss how his informal anthropological research taught him about the stress response, and the pillars of health that he then wrote about. 

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