The Bi-Directional Effects of Stress on our Immune System

Bi-Directional Effects Stress Immune SystemThe Bi-Directional Effects of Stress on our Immune System is authored by Inna B. Mertsalova and published by FriesenPress.

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 The Bidirectional Effects of Stress on Our Immune System, 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.

Paperback: 204 pages; Publisher: FriesenPress (May 2, 2017)

About the Author: 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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