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The Love Response: Your Prescription to Turn Off Fear, Anger, and Anxiety to Achieve Vibrant Health and Transform Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Eva M. Selhub Md , Divina Infusino , Divinia Infusino
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fear, anger, and anxiety–the side effects of life’s everyday stresses–are natural and sometimes helpful, but left unchecked they can lead to a host of debilitating ailments that are now so common we assume they are unavoidable: heart disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, depression, and more. There is good news, though: The key to a healthy life free of these conditions is to activate what Harvard Medical School instructor Dr. Eva Selhub calls the love response: a series of biochemical reactions that lower blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and adrenaline levels, stimulating physical healing and reinstating balance and well-being.

A practical life-healing program, the first of its kind, The Love Response is the result of Dr. Selhub’s years of research–and clinical practice–on how to reverse the destructive physical effects of fear and stress, and banish emotional wounds from the past. Through a simple-to-use plan of awareness, breathing, visualization, and verbal command exercises, The Love Response reprograms your brain and changes your biochemistry from negative to positive, putting you on a path to long-term wellness and happiness. The Love Response is structured around the three essential building blocks of mental health:

• social love–connecting not only in your intimate relationships but with family, friends, and pets
• self-love–learning to nurture yourself with care and tenderness (often the hardest step)
• spiritual love–contributing in meaningful ways to the world beyond your personal needs

The Love Response provides all the tools you need to transform anger into compassion, release your fears, overcome shame, embrace self-acceptance, connect through empathy, and, ultimately, strengthen your natural ability to heal.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews


Advance praise for The Love Response

“Dr. Eva Selhub shows us how to transform fear into trust, pain into joy, and hatred into love. The Love Response is beautifully written and full of wisdom that is both highly practical and deeply spiritual.”
–Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute and author of The Spectrum

“In this elegant book, Dr. Eva Selhub shows how, through very precise biological mechanisms, love heals us. Read this book and heal yourself.”
–Deepak Chopra

“Especially relevant in today’s tumultuous times, this is a wonderful guide to healing and happiness. Through practical steps that develop and help us access our own love response, Dr. Selhub helps change the proverbial lead in our lives into gold.”
–John Ratey, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

“Eva Selhub is a gifted healer who integrates scientific medicine, wisdom traditions, and psychological insights.”
–Ted Kaptchuk, author of The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine

“This book will change your life–it might even save it!”
–Gustav Dobos, M.D., chair of complementary and integrative medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Eva Selhub, MD., is a Senior Staff Physician at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. An Integrative Health Specialist and the founder of Alight Medicine for Learning and Healing in Newton, Massachusetts, she is also a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RS8L1Y
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Shift Your Physiology Is the Difference February 2, 2009
What I love about Dr. Selhub's book, "The Love Response," is that her work is easy-to-use self-help grounded in science and medicine. With a humor and a friendly bedside manner, Dr. Selhub teaches you techniques and practices that help you find and stay on your path to mental health and physical wellness.

I have suffered from generalized anxiety my entire adult life and have gone through extensive therapy to help me function. Dr. Selhub's book and its "prescriptions" have provided me with a new approach to bring much needed balance, clarity and calm into my life.

Thanks to this book, I am well aware of the why I am triggered by certain situations or when I am just feeling anxious or bad. Through reading "The Love Response" and using Dr. Selhub's CD's with her guided meditations, I now have tools to shift my physiology from the Stress/Fear response to Positive Physiology and The Love Response. It is truly amazing how well this works and how easy it is to do. I actually look forward each day to using the techniques I've learned. An unexpected side effect of changing my physiology was losing 8 pounds without dieting in the first 2 months of following her practice. Why? As I understand it, lower your stress levels and the pounds come off!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel better emotionally, physically and/or spiritually. When you feel good and are in The Love Response, the people around you respond more positively and the world somehow feels like a better place!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The author of this book, Eva Selhub, M.D., struggled with fear and anxiety throughout her medical residency and early on in her career as a primary care physician. She hated her job, felt little connection with patients or colleagues, and missed friends and family. All of the above led to Dr. Selhub feeling alone and developing panic attacks. Eventually, she quit her job and devoted herself to the study of alternative medicine. The Love Response is founded on her belief in the healing power of love. Dr. Selhub postulates that love can heal not just emotional wounds but also the physical body. She reviews the ways in which fear negatively affects one's health and general well-being, and she maintains that love the the natural antidote to this process.

Throughout the book, Dr. Selhub weaves in exercises which she states can serve to help "turn off" the Fear Response. Some of these are basic behavioral techniques common to many different psychological interventions. For example, in Chapter 2, she introduces "The Balloon Breath," which is simply another name for diaphragmatic breathing. In Chapter 4, however, Dr. Selhub delves more deeply into her Love Response technique, the foundation of which is something she calls the "SHIELD." This acronym stands for Slow down, Honor what you feel or experience, Inhale, Exhale, Listen, and Decide to shift from the Fear Response into the Love Response. Use of the SHIELD involves a visualization exercise which includes imagining the sun's divine rays encircling you, enclosing around you all those who love you. All of the additional Love Response techniques in the book build on the basic concept of the SHIELD.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Just a day after getting the book, I'm about halfway through it (putting all the other books I'm reading on hold) and I'm enjoying it tremendously. Already using the SHIELD; love the exercises; love the case studies. It's basically a book about cultivating a profoundly spiritual way of life (in a craftily secular disguise) not because it's 'good' or 'noble' but because it's just plain healthy! It contains a series of powerful practices straight out of the greatest spiritual traditions in the world, made completely jargon-free and accessible. Dr Eva also provides the scientific basis for the benefits of these practices, just in case you had any doubts about their efficacy. Can't imagine a more positive, empowering message. Get one for yourself, and get a copy of each for any stressed-out loved ones you have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your heart with this book. March 24, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased Eva Selhub's CD's in addition to her book. Between the two and some other activities on my part, my heart is beginning to open again. I believe one of the most critical parts of her book was her realization that she did not love herself. I too, realized that I did not accept myself unconditionally. So like Eva, I began telling myself, "I love me." I also inserted that "God love's me."

I believe that feeling love for oneself is the key to living a full life. Without heartfelt love, nothing else matters. And one must love oneself before they can truly extend love to anyone or anything else. So, if you don't already, you must begin loving yourself in order to open up to joy and happiness. This book will help you do that.

Thank you Eva, your book is just what the doctor (in myself) ordered!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Love Response January 30, 2009
Eva Selhub's book The Love Response is a beautiful read. Selhub swims against the current of mainstream medicine as she eloquently weaves together an approach to opening the heart that is both scientific and spiritual. In this gem of a book Dr. Selhub shares both her wisdom and an abundance of practical exercises designed to open the heart and activate "the love response." Eva's experiences as a physician, an energy healer, and a committed spiritual seeker, come together to create a rich and informative journey for the reader interested in healing the heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really works!
I have tried many, many times to learn relaxation exercises or meditation, and I could never really let go of my tension. The techniques in this book worked! Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by N. Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insights to heal ourselves
Dr. Selhub shares her own personal stories and client experiences, and both are very helpful and real. Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by mizlorinj
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing Information
This book contains really important information presented in a simple, easy to understand and entertaining way. Dr. Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by Abby Heijnen
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Wonderful
Eva's book is so inspiring. Her warm guidance, thoughtfulness and sensitivity allows me to use her techniques with ease and understanding and is teaching me to feel better... Read more
Published on May 2, 2009 by Sharon Freedman
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Published on April 23, 2009 by Martha Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Help For Many!
Do you believe it is true that through giving and experiencing love things in your life can bring greater joy, not just to yourself but to those around you? Read more
Published on April 14, 2009 by Shirley Priscilla Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
This book by Dr. Selub truly "transformed" my life. There are numerous examples of real-life problems that are explained in detail. Read more
Published on March 22, 2009 by Kathy M. from Stockton, CA.
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is Love
Just like the Beatles song, "All You Need Is Love", this books explains that whatever is going on in your life can be handle much better through love. Read more
Published on February 13, 2009 by M. Costa
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