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The Body Doesn't Lie: A 3-Step Program to End Chronic Pain and Become Positively Radiant Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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Cameron Diaz, author of the bestselling Body Book, interviews Vicky Vlachonis
Cameron Diaz: Why pain is at the epicenter of your program? Vicky Vlachonis: Pain is a signal from the body that something is not right. We talk about the mind-body connection, but they are not JUST connected – they are one and the same. Researchers have found the same brain patterns occur whether you experience physical or emotional pain. That’s why I always say that pain is our most powerful teacher. I created a three-stage Reflect/Release/Radiate process to help us learn from and heal from pain. CD: How can you help people who never get the chance to meet you experience and understand your philosophy? VV: When someone comes to me with pain, instead of reaching for a pill or even putting my hands on them, my first questions are always, “What have you been eating? How have you been sleeping? How are things at work, at home, in the bedroom?” Each of these areas have a major impact on how much pain you feel. CD: In The Body Doesn’t Lie, you explain the Positive Feedback Program-can you walk us through it? VV: The program covers four categories to ensure we’re looking at the whole picture: o Structure – Teaches you to release pain with self-healing trigger points o Function – Empowers you to release pain with nourishment o Motion – Shows you healing exercises for circulation and lymphatic drainage o Emotion – Guides you to release pain with positive thoughts, feelings, and relationships Any step you take in any of these areas starts a chain reaction. That’s why I start the program with the most pleasurable steps first: they make you feel so great, you want to keep trying more. CD: So how quickly can one expect the pain to subside and how long will the relief last? VV: Any change you make in one area creates a ripple effect throughout the other three. The more of these moments you string together, the more you tone all your systems, making it easier to feel healthy, well-rested, and strong. In fact, any challenges you face will only help you grow more resilient through the “Adaptive Response mechanism” and you’ll avoid the ravages of chronic stress. CD: Can you elaborate on how you help people make the connection between what they eat and how they feel? VV: Some people don’t realize that what you eat has an immediate impact on your pain. I recommend that my patients with digestive problems or inflammation get tested for food sensitivity. Keeping a food/feelings diary tells you which foods give you energy and which make you sluggish and cause pain. CD: Which category would you next focus on to start immediately relieving pain? VV: All four are equally important, but emotions are the KEY. If you have a negative thought, your nervous system will carry the imprint of that thought directly to your spinal column and to all your vital organs. If you start with a single positive thought, you can change this entire chemical cascade in an instant. CD: What are the most surprising things you have discovered as a pain expert? VV: This past year, researchers found that our brain has a drainage system similar to our lymphatic system. While we sleep, our brain pathways expand by sixty percent, and allow cerebrospinal fluid to wash away plaques that may cause Alzheimer’s. CD: I love that! You know how much I love my sleep! VV: I talk more about this in the book, how you can make your sleep as restorative as possible for the biggest benefit from this nightly detox, and make it another way you nourish yourself.
“I love this book because I can hear Vicky’s voice on every page—her kindness and her compassion, her strength and her wisdom. This book contains the exercises, meditations, and techniques we’ve done together, which together form everything you need to heal yourself.” (Gwyneth Paltrow)
“Vicky helps you understand the importance of connecting with your body on an emotional level. This book is a prime tool in transforming the pain and stress in your life into health and happiness.” (Sir Elton John and David Furnish)
“Vicky knows not only how to cure the pain, but also understands the source. Often we just want the fix, but it is important to know why we have what we have in order to prevent it in the future. She left me feeling recharged and fabulous.” (Maria Menounos Host, Extra)
“Many of my patients, including celebrities and other high-energy individuals, have emerged through their healing process in ways I never thought possible by working with Vicky throughout recovery. This book will not only help you to escape pain, but to live a better, fuller life.” (Marc Mani, M.D., F.A.C.S. )
“As a doctor, I have helped countless patients with their pain. It is so great to find these healing techniques together in one book—I wish I had read this book years ago. Highly recommended to anyone who deals with pain or has a loved one in need of help.” (Alejandro Junger, author of Clean)
“Through a series of meditation, clean eating and science, Vicky has created a 3–step program fit for anyone wanting to live a happy, healthy life. Her many years of successfully treating chronic pains have given her extensive knowledge in the essentials needed for a healthy mind and body.” (Dr. Naji Abumrad, MD, Chairman of Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
“Vicky is a gifted healer and has significantly helped me through some very stressful times with her empathy, wisdom and warmth. She has taught me not only to listen to my body but to trust what it is saying to me.” (Elisabeth Murdoch, Founder and Chairman of Shine Group)
“Vicky helped me to be pain free throughout my 3rd pregnancy with her holistic approach. Her way of making you feel good is unique.” (Claudia Schiffer)
Vicky is a gifted healer. Even on the craziest days, she knows how to help me reflect on what’s bothering me, release my pain, and help me feel stronger, lighter, and more focused. No matter where I am when I meet her, Vicky helps guide me back to myself. (Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Creator of Jennifer Meyer Jewelry)
From the Back Cover
Integrative medical practitioner and pain expert Vicky Vlachonis shares her proven program to replace chronic aches and pains with renewed energy and life-enhancing radiance.
Back problems, nightly headaches, tight shoul-ders, achy feet—all of us have nagging, daily pains that seem to get worse when our lives get busier. While the immediate reaction to pain is to take short-term measures to make it go away, this does nothing to address the underlying cause. In The Body Doesn't Lie, Vicky Vlachonis shows us how to locate the source of our pain, understand its origin and manifestation in the body, and then let it go, using a holistic approach that includes easy-to-implement approaches to diet, exercise, and emotional well-being.
Vlachonis's successful pain-eradication pro-gram was developed over years working with a wide range of clients, from celebrities and CEOs to overworked ballet dancers and working moms. Her Positive Feedback Program guides readers through three stages: Reflect, Release, and Radiate.
The book includes a detailed meal plan with recipes, body maps to identify areas of pain and healing touch points, and step-by-step remedies for specific issues including fatigue, digestive problems, and depression. This groundbreaking approach uses pain as a tool—not the un-defeatable enemy—to help you look and feel better immediately and release your body from physical and emotional pain for good.
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If, like me, you're hoping this might be the one that reveals the secret to fixing what is ruining your life, keep looking. It's not that it's a terrible book, not at all--but if you're at all conscious and resourceful, you already know that a good night's sleep is critical to your health, that sugar is bad for you, that meditation really is a panacea, that negative self-talk is harmful . . . . Kale smoothie, anyone?
I think what really tweaked me is that, for a book whose title offers the promise to "End Chronic Pain," the author is apparently addressing only those with what might be called "chronic pain lite." It is assumed that readers are fully able to take her initial and foremost advice: get a full night of good quality sleep. Then: when you rise from your good night's sleep, do the Five Tibetan Rites. At this point, if I were only able to do those two things, I would truly feel like I was on the road to salvation. However, where does this assumption leave those of us whose bodies literally won't allow us to sleep through the night, let alone perform the exercises? The effect is to make you feel hopeless from the start.
Advocates getting to the root of the problem
Which is often multilayered and making lifestyle changes. .many i had been doing previously and stopped since i lacked proper guidance. .some i had just recently embraced do to others urging so it supported their thoughts..n some like smoothies i had already incorporated but she gave me new ideas. .I'm looking forward to having my own copy.