Season 13, Episode 10 Worried Sick

First Aired: June 3, 2003

Host Alan Alda explores the relationship between stress and illness, particularly heart disease, and whether relaxation techniques such as meditation can reduce anxiety. Alda visits the Mind/Body Medical Institute outside Boston; observes an MRI experiment on an “expert meditator” at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital; and, in an interview with Stanford biologist Robert Sapolsky, learns that baboons, too, can be stressed out. In fact, he finds that “the least stressed baboons are the ones who get along with others the best.”

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  • Premise: Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe.… (more)

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