In Shape for the Marathon

Irregular schedules, constant travel across time zones and other forms of stress have been known to lower the defenses of the body's immune system against bacteria and viruses. What is more, says Psychiatrist Charles F. Stroebel, director of Connecticut's Institute for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Medicine, the Democratic candidates, pushed to their limits for months, could experience "significant emotional and physical problems with the letdown after the campaign." This "after-the-battle phenomenon," as Stroebel calls it, "has been widely observed in terms of how stress makes us sick." But politicians are tough, and the current crop of presidential candidates are no exception....

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