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Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Nautilus Book Awards - Better Books for a Better World
From the Author
"In our overstressed lives, we need heavy doses of renewal. When the neuro-endocrine consequences overwhelm our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, we need something more than antibiotics--we need something transformational and transcendent. Kerouac with On the Road and Pirsig with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance each inspired a generation and guided a movement. David Mercier's marvelous book will do the same. After reading this engaging integration of stories, philosophy, and medicine, you will never think of healing in the same way again"
Distinguished University Professor Richard Boyatzis, Ph.D.,Case Western Reserve University; co-author with Dan Goleman and Annie McKee of the international bestseller Primal Leadership and co-author with Annie McKee of Resonant Leadership
"In his remarkable book, A Beautiful Medicine, David Mercier has described revolutionary new ways of understanding disease, health, and healing. It is beautifully written, well researched, and a treasure trove of transformative ideas. His therapeutic strategy transcends conventional allopathic interventions - it treats the symptom not as a pathological phenomenon that needs to be controlled,but as a message that can lead us to the deeper roots of the problem. He weaves a rich tapestry of medicine, psychotherapy, acupuncture, diet, exercise, spirituality, and art; and illustrates the efficacy of this multidimensional mosaic with touching, compelling personal stories from his practice. By emphasizing the importance of meaning in human life and moving beyond distorting illusions about our own nature and the nature of reality, David Mercier combines the roles of therapist and spiritual teacher."
Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of Beyond the Brain, Psychology of the Future,The Cosmic Game, and When the Impossible Happens
"A Beautiful Medicine is the best prescription for a longer, healthier, more satisfying life that I've ever encountered. It makes total sense. It gives you hope. It's uplifting. If you care about your health and well-being-your quality of life-you should read this important book."
Roger Vaughan, author of Herbert Von Karajan; Ted Turner-the Man
Behind the Mouth; The Grand Gesture; and others
"In this stunning book about the true nature of health and wholeness, David Mercier opens a gate of awareness into the beautiful possibilities that medicine holds when practiced as the art of integrating body, heart, mind, soul, and cosmos. His language is lyrical, his insights profound. In A Beautiful Medicine, David Mercier offers us a glimpse into the depths of what it means to be vibrantly alive by accessing our innate processes of wellness and healing."
"David Mercier understands wholeness. In this work, he explains how curing what ails us must include the mechanics of Western medicine, while also embracing the messages from the soul. It is these messages that inform the healer about the sources of pain, and therefore whisper cues about how to heal them. You will never look at your well-being in the same way again."
Lance H. K. Secretan, author, The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch; One: the Artand Practice of Conscious Leadership; Inspire: What Great Leaders Do;
Inspirational Leadership: Destiny, Calling, and Cause
"Mercier's book is a gem.....it re-evokes all of why we (in integrative medicine) got into this work together. A Beautiful Medicine is a beautiful book."
David Mercier is a poet! He is a lyricist! So, how does one create a marvelous book about health and healing that is also remarkably beautiful? It is important, I think, to be deeply aware of what you know and about what you passionately believe. Clearly Mr. Mercier has these understandings. A look at his own life processes and at his credentials shows the reader the power of learning both from information and from experience. More importantly, David helps the reader understand the science and the art of becoming and of being a "whole" person. Cleverly indirect and at times very direct, David Mercier teaches us the complexity of being human and of transforming ourselves if we wish to do so. The anecdotal stories punctuate the effort needed and the experiences to be "gone through" in order to integrate physical, mental and spiritual health into our lives. If you want to read a book beautifully conceived and beautifully written; if you want to begin to transform your life; if you believe that symptoms do not need to be covered - but rather uncovered; if you wish to understand healing in the broader sense, then you will want to read this beautiful book - A Beautiful Medicine!
A Beautiful Medicine - A Radical Look at the Essence of Helath and Healing: I have a feeling that this book is going to change my life. Every page and every word has helped me see what I have been hiding behind food and other bad behaviors. I am 30 pages from the end and I must say that my book is totally fringed with those tiny pink post-it notes marking all of the pages that I want to re-read and start my goal to a better mind and body. I can hear the author talking to me as I read his words. And by the way, he writes with such passion and color in his words. This book is a keeper and I recommend it to everyone. I think that I am beginning to feel better already. Thank you, David G. Mercier.
David Mercier's book is a "must-read" for anyone who realizes that traditional medicine in the U.S. today is lacking. We are PEOPLE, and not just a bunch of numbers relating to our blood pressure, cholesteraol, blood sugar, etc. I read this for the first time a couple of months ago, wanting to improve my health and happiness overall, and I am re-reading it. His first key concept, that symptoms are "messengers," is indicative of his new, yes, somewhat radical, approach. Far too often today we mask a symptom with medications, never really addressing the root cause or issues. I've read every self-help and new age-y book about how we can live more fulfilling, happier lives, but the author kind of puts it all together for me. And the author's prose is, itself beautiful. Health is about so much more than not being sick, and I hope Mr. Mercier's thoughts have an impact on our society. This is enlightening stuff, but also common sense.
This book has changed my way of looking at health and health care. I have changed the way I eat and the way I interact with others. I started exercising again! I feel better physically as well as emotionally. It has made a huge change in my life and I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs that push or just wants a healthier life.
A beautifully written and insightful book that captured my interest from start to finish! Highly recommend it.David brings his insights from a wise and seasoned life full of varied experiences to the written page.