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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583946756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583946756
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freedom from Anxiety is an amazing resource. Reading it is like having a wise friend at your side through life’s tougher moments. Marcey Shapiro is full of truly helpful suggestions that are immensely practical, grounded in lived experience, and rooted in the timeless healing wisdom of many spiritual and healing traditions. Her broad-minded and flexible perspective is especially welcome, and I am hard-pressed to think of anyone that wouldn't benefit from the contents of this wonderful book.”
—Jessica Prentice, author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection
 
“Hands down the best book ever written on the topic of anxiety. The combination of simple techniques, biomedical awareness, and nutritional guidance, creates a tool that lovingly holds the reader’s hand and gently navigates to an understanding of how to avoid and pivot away from anxiety. A tool I will use again and again as it has found a permanent position on my nightstand.”
—Betsy Hicks, author of Picky Eating Solutions
 
“[This book] is a multifaceted jewel—an extraordinary collection of healing approaches offered to assist one in achieving relief from anxiety. Its breadth and depth provide a unified, inspiring, and immensely practical new paradigm for how emotional well-being can be realized. Marcey Shaprio’s exploration of anxiety includes its spiritual and emotional roots as well as insights from her personal journey toward relief. By identifying a wide range of possibilities for practice that are life-giving, she sets the reader to underlining words and turning down page corners to mark passages that have personal resonance. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the pursuit and realization of more ease and joy in their experience.”
—Joanne Lauck Hobbs author of The Voice of the Infinite in the Small
 
Freedom from Anxiety is an amazing journey through the ‘minefield’ of anxiety. An extensive overview with both general and specific suggestions, it addresses this widespread syndrome from all levels: physical, emotional and spiritual. A holistic approach in the fullest sense of the tradition, this book provides a calming pathway with possible strategies and practical applications for the majority of sufferers. A must-read for every physician who is dealing with patients suffering from anxiety.
—John H. Hicks III, MD
 
“Accolades to Marcey Shapiro! As a dedicated healer and visionary, she has created an incredible treasure chest of practices and techniques that take us straight into the heart of healing. Rather than feeling we’re at the mercy of anxiety, we can empower ourselves by learning to use our emotions as our essential guidance system, illuminating where we are aligned with our enlightened Self, our Spirit.  When we’re struggling, our emotions serve as a signal that we’ve stepped out of the flow of our greater good. The journey of finding the ‘gift in the wound’ is rewarding beyond measure. It is one of awakening to our own magnificence, joy, balance, and harmony that is our true nature.”
—Jill Lebeau, MFT, spiritual psychotherapist and coauthor of Feng Shui Your Mind: Four Easy Steps to Rapidly Transform Your Life! 
 

About the Author

MARCEY SHAPIRO, MD, is a family physician with extensive training and experience in many areas of natural medicine including Western and Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, flower essences, homeopathy, breathing techniques, nutritional therapies, Scenar®, and hands-on modalities such as Ortho-Bionomy® and Biodynamic Osteopathy. She works with patients to address the many facets of illness/imbalance--biophysical, psychological, and spiritual--and creates realistic treatment plans that incorporate a variety of modalities.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara R. Diamond on February 20, 2014
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I was predisposed to like Dr. Marcey Shapiro's new book Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well-Being and it has more than met my expectations.

It's a great-- actually, relaxing-- read. I read it from start to finish. It's also a reference work, the kind of book one wants to keep on the shelf and consult from time to time. It's a compendium of techniques and daily life practices and potions to alleviate anxiety, and a guide for discerning which of the innumerable choices is best for you or me.

Full disclosure here: Dr. Shapiro is one of my own doctors and a person I admire.

Freedom From Anxiety follows on the heels of Dr. Shapiro's first book Transforming the Nature of Health. The two are companions, actually the beginning of a series as she is at work on future books about digestion, menopause, men's health, among other topics.

Both of the already published books are grounded in Dr. Shapiro's holistic philosophy of medicine: We are spiritual beings in physical existence, and the bridge between the spiritual and the physical is contentment, happiness.

What stands in the way of happiness and, by implication, good health, is often our deep sense of anxiety. Fear is a primal emotion that may have had its evolutionary purposes. Anxiety seems to be a deeply ingrained response to external stimuli. It also makes us miserable, and sick.

I learned in this book that almost 20 percent of people in our society suffer from a diagnosable anxiety disorder. This is not the usual jitters anyone may get before a stressful event.
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If only I had found this book 10 years ago! When my second daughter was 15 months old, I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety disorder. It gradually became worse over the first couple of years even though I casually explored ways to reduce it. Anxiety, panic attacks, control issues, mood swings, fatigue were my top symptoms. Then I started finding little pieces to my big anxiety puzzle. I changed my nutrition, I tried supplements, fermented foods to reboot my gut, I took a course on Mindfulness Meditation, breath work, herbs, etc. Each thing helped little by little. Then three years ago I began reading books by Eckart Tolle (The Power of Now was the last piece of the puzzle for me), Wayne Dyer, Abraham, trying energy work, working on paying attention to my thoughts and emotions and BOOM! That was the last piece to my anxiety/ panic attack puzzle. I can happily say that I am anxiety free! I mentioned this journey to a friend and she recommended reading this book. I bought it and it sat on my shelf for 6 months before I read it. After all, I did not feel that I needed it anymore. Once again, only if this book was available to me 10 year ago, it would have saved me so much time and research. Not only are all the techniques in it that I have self studied for 8 years, but other ideas I had not thought of as well. Everything in one book! If you are looking for holistic solutions to your anxiety, start with this book. Your journey will likely be different than mine, but I know you will find the pieces to your puzzle. I know you are willing to give anything and everything a try. Be patient, practice the techniques and one day you can tell the world you are anxiety free too!
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