Take Home message: Patients ask me every day about stress and health. The amount of stress is not correlated to health outcomes; the response to stress is what matters. From a very practical standpoint stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors: smoking, alcohol, eating, disrupted sleep. Controlling stress may be the key. The alpha male in the baboon troop can control stress by choosing when to fight. Humans can control this by intentionally taking a break: day off, vacation, meditation, recreational diversions like walking or hobbies. It matters.