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Holistic physician Dossey examines the potential power of 14 readily accessible sources of well-being, providing a strong case for utilizing such remedies before more extreme measures. His expansive discourse on optimism, forgetting, music, miracles, plants, risk taking and other "simple" things makes clear that, while these are hardly "simple" when fully appreciated, often they are undervalued or completely ignored by the mainstream medical community, which turns to high-tech procedures and worst-case scenarios as a first resort. According to Dossey (Reinventing Medicine), a nearly single-minded clinical focus has obscured patients' interpretation of their own experiences, leaving out important clues about how people heal. He provides numerous examples of those who have discovered "spontaneous healing," which most physicians discount or downplay because they defy explanation. Despite the title, this is not a step-by-step guide to accessing the healing power of home remedies. Instead, Dossey takes readers on a poetic, well-researched journey into the many paradoxes that are inherent in the human condition and how they relate to healing the body, mind and soul. (Feb.)
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It may seem odd that a book promising to reveal the keys to happiness as well as health lists unhappiness as one of those keys, but Dossey, former cochair of the National Institutes of Health Panel on Mind/Body Intervention, contends, not without documentation, that unhappiness is as necessary for the preservation of good health as, say, periodic tetanus shots. Add healthy doses of such other common but oft-overlooked good things as optimism, novelty, music, plants, and miracles, and one can expect a longer, happier life, Dossey says. Going further than promoting the obvious, Dossey also believes that including a bit of dirt, some bugs, a few tears, and a certain amount of forgetfulness can also significantly add to life's length and breadth. In a lively style that punctuates scientific data with charming anecdotes and personal history, Dossey offers "medicine" sweetened with just enough sugar to make it palatable and seasoned with some spice for interest. Donna Chavez
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You can't even read the jacket on this book. Only reviews. I don't like the new style at Amazon; not able to browse through the contents, review the chapters, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Optimism is a very good and healthy thing, BUT too much of it can also be dangerous! Well, yes... In this fashion Dossey politely examines a broad range of subjects (such as bugs,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by oleskipper
Healing begins with gratitude for small things from the simple birdsong outside your bedroom window to the freshening zephyr breeze of a late afternoon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ron Labonte
I love Larry Dossey and have read many of his books. How he was able to write a whole book of a couple hundred pages on a few obvious ideas is pretty amazing in itself. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Sami
This author is a wonder. If you are interested in improving your life in simple but effective ways, read this book. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by BooksJJS
This book had not onl wonderful tips on how ordinary things within our lives help us to heal, but the power of the ordinary things that we all have in common. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Lauren C Mache
If there is a book I think everyone should read, it is this one. Simple and down to earth and easy to read.
It could save a planet, I am just saying.
I feel that this book is written for professional psycologists. Somewhat interesting, but a bit over my head. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Judith A. Russeff