© 1986

Enkephalins and Endorphins

Stress and the Immune System

  • Nicholas P. Plotnikoff
  • Robert E. Faith
  • Anthony J. Murgo
  • Robert A. Good

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Enkephalins-Endorphins: Stress and the Immune System

    1. N. P. Plotnikoff, A. J. Murgo, R. E. Faith, R. A. Good
      Pages 1-2
  3. Stress and the Immune System

    1. Christopher J. Evans, Elizabeth Erdelyi, Jack D. Barchas
      Pages 3-15
    2. L. Giorgio Roda, Gianna Roscetti, Roberta Possenti, Francesca Venturelli, Fabrizio Vita
      Pages 17-33
    3. Martin R. Cohen, David Pickar, Michel Dubois, Robert M. Cohen
      Pages 35-45
    4. Peter Farrell, Anthony Gustafson
      Pages 47-57
    5. Ziad Kronfol, Janet Schlechte
      Pages 69-80
    6. Ian S. Zagon, Patricia J. Mclaughlin
      Pages 81-100
    7. James W. Lewis, Yehuda Shavit, Fredricka C. Martin, Gregory W. Terman, Robert P. Gale, John C. Liebeskind
      Pages 101-108
    8. F. Berkenbosch, C. J. Heijnen, G. Croiset, C. Revers, R. E. Ballieux, R. Binnekade et al.
      Pages 109-118
  4. Regulatory Circuits of the Immune, Endocrine and Nervous System

    1. George S. Solomon, Neil Kay, John E. Morley
      Pages 129-144
    2. V. Kluša, R. Muceniece, Š. Svirskis, E. Kukaine, M. Ratkeviča, G. Rosenthal et al.
      Pages 145-157
    3. George C. Tsokos, James E. Balow
      Pages 159-171
    4. Oscar J. Pung, Anne N. Tucker, Michael I. Luster
      Pages 173-187
  5. Effects of Enkephalins/Endorphins and Related Substances on Specific Immune Functions

About this book


Is this a time for a sleeping giant to rise? We have known since study of the lymphocyte and plasma cells really began in earnest in the early 1940's that the pituitary adrenal axis under intimate control of the hypothalamus could influence immunological functions profoundly. We have also known for at least 20 years in my recollection that female sex hor­ mones can maximize certain immunity functions while male sex hormones tend to suppress many immunological reactions. The thyroid hormones accelerate antibody production while at the same time sp~eding up de­ gradation of antibodies and immunoglobulins and thyroidectomy decreases the rate of antibody production. Further, much evidence has accumulated indicating that the brain, yes even the mind, can influence in significant ways susceptibility to infections, cancers and to development of a variety of autoimmune diseases. More than 20 years ago, my colleagues and I convinced ourselves, if no one else, that hypnosis can exert major in­ fluences on the effector limb of the classical atopic allergic reactions. We showed with Aaron Papermaster that the Prausnitz-Kustner reaction may be greatly inhibited, indeed largely controlled, by post-hypnotic suggestion. And it was not even necessary for us to publish our discovery because scientists in John Humphrey's laboratory at Mill Hill Research Center in London had beaten us to the punch. They described hypnotic control of both the PK reaction and delayed allergic reactions to tuberculin by hypnosis.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas P. Plotnikoff
    • 1
  • Robert E. Faith
    • 2
  • Anthony J. Murgo
    • 3
  • Robert A. Good
    • 4
  1. 1.Oral Roberts UniversityTulsaUSA
  2. 2.University of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  4. 4.University of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Enkephalins and Endorphins
  • Book Subtitle Stress and the Immune System
  • Editors R.E. Faith
    R.A. Good
    A.J. Murgo
    N.P. Plotnikoff
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-42226-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-0559-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-0557-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 448
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
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