Radio 4 & Claudia Hammond discuss some fantastic health topics! This one (first broadcast in 2008, but still enormously relevant!) looks at the science and molecular reactions to stress and how that can cause physical disease. The mind-body connection is very well documented, and there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence from personal experiences about the effect of depression and stress on physical health. I fully accept it, and believe in it. It is so fascinating (staying true to my science background!) to hear about the science behind it, but more importantly, as Claudia and her interviewees suggest, this research can give scientific clout to these ideas . . . and all the things that then follow (funding, mainstream acceptance, integration into conventional medical practice and investment in treatment!)
Listen to the program here!