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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: La Vida Press; 1st edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967686113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967686110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michele Longo O'Donnell is a health care provider, minister and counselor. For the past twenty-five years, she has devoted her life to ending the suffering of disease through spiritual and metabolic healing. She currently pursues her passion as the director and founder of the Holistic Health Care Center in San Antonio, Texas. Her book, Of Monkeys and Dragons: Freedom from the Tyranny of Disease, was conceived to empower individuals to take control over the course of their illnesses. One of the book's main goals is to enable readers to order their lives so that they can live out of the range of disease.

At seventeen, Michele entered a Catholic nursing school program and went on to become a registered nurse. One year later, she attended Case Western Reserve University where she completed two years of post-graduate work. Afterward, she worked as a critical care nurse in various hospital units, ranging from the pediatric intensive care unit to the emergency room.

In 1971, Michele left hospital nursing care for three years to attend a bible college at a non-denominational theological teaching center. During this time, she also provided health care to the center's three hundred members.

Michele moved to San Antonio to help start a bible school in 1974. It was at that time she experienced a radical shift and ideological departure from Western medicine to holistic healing. A culmination of prior life experiences, witness to spiritual healings and a disenchantment with conventional therapy resulted in a growing belief in holistic treatment for the relief of disease-related suffering.

Michele started the Holistic Health Care Center in San Antonio in 1976 for the treatment of degenerative disease. Her clinic combines spiritual and emotional healing with physical and metabolic treatment. She has treated thousands of patients, many of whom have been cured of a variety of degenerative diseases such as breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, asthma, lung cancer, lupus and many others.

Michele currently resides in Canyon Lake, Texas with her husband, George O'Donnell. She has two daughters, Linda Longo and Lara Silva.

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As a student I was somewhat of a "sponge," soaking up every word that was taught me. I loved to learn and I was a good student. I was fascinated with medicine, every aspect of it. There was, however, an incident that happened that awakened me out of my unquestioning acceptance that everything said to me was the absolute truth.

Early on, I was taught that diseases have certain absolute characteristics and "laws" that are associated with each affliction. No matter what the disease is, there will be definite, predictable patterns and expectations accompanying that disease. It's taught that way, believed that way, expected that way, and experienced that way. It never occurred to me to challenge any of it. At that time I would have had no reason to.

Until one day a woman was admitted to the hospital with a massive stroke. She was paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk. It was expected that she would be in that condition for the remainder of her life. The plan was to stabilize her, then send her to a nursing home for long term care before she died.

I noticed that she had no visitors, so I made a point of spending a lot of extra time with her. Soon we became great buddies. I began to notice that she would try to talk and force herself to do things that should have been impossible for her to do because of the stroke. I could tell that she was attempting these things in order to please me. I didn't want to encourage her because I didn't want her to be disappointed when she failed. But I never tried to stop her either. I just watched.

Early one day I was running down the hall past her room, late for "report." I waved as I flew by and then came to a screeching stop and retraced my steps. She was not in her bed, but the side rails were up and the covers still rumpled. For a second I thought that she had died during the night and I froze. Then I saw something I never would have believed possible. She had climbed out of the bed, over the side rails and made her way across the room. She was sitting up in a chair with the proudest smile on her face. This lady progressed on to walk again and talk again, things she should have never been able to do. She literally defied the "law" of that disease. Something motivated her, beyond the stubborn and relentless symptoms of that affliction, with all the power given it by the beliefs of man. Something like the Spirit of Life rose up within her and said, "No!"

That was the turning point in my thinking. If she could do that, what other "laws" of disease could be challenged and defeated? What factors were required? Was it available for all that would desire it? Disease with all its horror, flaunting it ugly devastation in the face of its victims, lost some of its power and substance for me that day.

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This is a book that will change your life.
Alice NIBLETT
If you are suffering from a disease, or if you have an ill loved-one, this book should be perscribed as mandatory treatment.
Marilyn
Great book and great truths she has learned from her experience.
Lorraine B. Chrisenberry

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Evatt on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Of Monkeys and Dragons was sent to me by a dear friend in Canada. She read it and felt I simply must read it too. I am grateful that she did.

Are you already familiar with and interested in "spiritual healing"? -- If so, it's very likely you will find this book to be a valuable read. It may not be life-changing (as you will quite likely have already gone through that change) but it will certainly serve as an enriching addition to your exploration into this topic. Spiritual healing relies on a change of state within the mind/psyche and one's beliefs, so until that change has taken place 100% then I think all ongoing exposure to exploration of the power and reality of spiritual healing is valuable.

Perhaps you are not already familiar with "spiritual healing". In fact you might even think it's a bunch of baloney.

If that's you and you are open to exploring what health is deeply and less apparent aspects of Life (and healing), please read this book. I am sure you won't regret it. In a clear and highly accessible way Michele explores her long history of direct experience with spiritual healing. Many real-life and inspiring cases are explored and touched on.

This book has a very valuable role to play in the field of health, healing and spiritual awareness. Michele is quite obviously very accomplished, experienced, and sincere in her journey of health and healing. She has a lot to offer and share anyone else on that journey -- whether you are just starting out, or you consider yourself to be well down that path.

If you have read or are interested in the work of Joel Goldsmith (one of the great spiritual healers of recent time) then I am sure you will find this book to be a great read and a real pleasure to explore.

I wish you all the best of health,

Jonathan Evatt
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JD812 on June 30, 2001
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After reading this book, I now realize that I've been approaching life in the wrong way. Living life on the "medical defensive" is not the answer. Living life with the idea in mind that happiness can literally crowd out disease is now what I believe to be the right path for me. We humans have so much more power over our own bodies than we ever possibly imagined.
I urge you to buy this book for a loved one who might be struggling with disease. Read it aloud to that person if you can. If you read it from cover to cover, your life will be changed, right along with your loved one.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn on July 26, 2000
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After reading this, I was able to see things from a whole new perspective. This is the first time I have ever felt completely fearless about my health.
If you are suffering from a disease, or if you have an ill loved-one, this book should be perscribed as mandatory treatment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Pullam on September 10, 2006
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Here is a humble account of everyday miracles as they unfolded in Michele's life. IF you are ready to receive this gift of knowlege fully, you will experience a complete and total paradigm shift towards the truth.

I decided to experiment with this new paradigm and subsequently decided to stop "believing" in the possibility of getting the flu or catching any of the other numerous viruses that I usually "catch". Having plenty of opportunities to "catch" such things in my line of work, I thought that this would be interesting. On 5 different occasions I could feel one come on, that feeling in the back of your throat with which we are all familiar. I would remember what Michele said and practice "revoking my consent" for the presence of any illness in my body, by reminding myself that I no longer believe in such things. And darn if that feeling didn't go away within 30 minutes. I've not been sick in a year.

This book is beyond powerful! Words can not express my gratitude to the author for writing it. I'm in the process of applying her principles to every aspect of my health, and every area of my life and witnessing little everyday miracles.

Read this book. Really read it. Study it. Take it to heart. Experiment with your own beliefs. You will see miracles. After all, isn't a miracle a change in perception?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
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I just finished this book the other day and I must say that my life as I knew it is not anymore. My days and nights are changed in that I can no longer regard things, conversations, etc...as I used to.
I want to read the book again right now! This is an awesome book and it rocked my world. I know that my healing is happening as I speak.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine B. Chrisenberry on October 16, 2005
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Michele writes from her heart and experience. Great book and great truths she has learned from her experience. Thank you, Michele!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JD812 on June 30, 2001
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After reading this book, I now realize that we need to do more than just live our lives on the "medical defensive." We need to live our lives with the idea in mind that happiness can literally crowd out disease. We have so much more power over our own bodies than we ever possibly imagined.
Buy this book for a loved one who is struggling with disease. Read it aloud to that person if you can. Your life will be changed, right along with your loved one.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Gaia Suzanne Lynn-Edmiston on October 26, 2001
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I found this book as a result of an article in the local paper. That alone is proof there are no accidents! This book came to me at a time when I needed it the most, and provided me with the most precious gift I could ever wish for ~ hope. This book has touched me deeply and changed my life forever. I have purchased 10 more with the intention of sharing that hope with others. I look forward to more books by this inspiring author!
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