“I was listening to an interview with Stanford neurologist Robert Sapolsky on NPR a few weeks back and it really struck me. Sapolsky who studies the relation between the neurological and the social in primates told a fascinating story in discussing his latest book, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.
“He pointed to the well-known relation between wealth and health. The usual explanation, that more money means more access to health care and higher quality health care, he argued, is belied by the fact that we see the same thing in European countries with socialized health care systems. Everyone has the same access to the same health care, yet it still holds true that the better off financially, the better off physically. Why?”
Stress and Health, by Steve Gimbel, October 20, 2008
Well, yeah, who wouldn’t be stressed to the max trying to live in this Bertolt Brecht play that passes for society. Read Steve’s post, espceically the part about the gorrillas. You’ll be glad you did!