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Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – February 20, 2001
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A decade ago, Deepak Chopra, M.D., wrote "Perfect Health, the first practical guide to harnessing the healing power of the mind, which became a national bestseller. The book described how breakthroughs in physics and medicine were underscoring the validity of a 5,000-year-old medical system from ancient India known as Ayurveda ("the knowledge of life span" in Sanskrit). "Perfect Health went on to describe how to apply the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to everyday life. In celebration of this classic work we have created this new edition, revised and updated to include the latest medical research.
Although we experience our bodies as solid, they are in fact more like fires that are constantly being consumed and renewed. We grow new stomach linings every five days, for instance. Our skin is new every five weeks. Each year, fully 98 percent of the total number of atoms in our bodies is replaced. Ayurveda gives us the tools to intervene at this quantum level, where we are being created anew each day. Ayurveda tells us that freedom from sickness depends on contacting our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.
"Perfect Health provides a complete step-by-step program of mind body medicine tailored to individual needs. A quiz identifies the reader's mind body type: thin, restless Vata; enterprising, efficient Pitta; tranquil, steady Kapha; or any combination of these three. This body type becomes the basis for a specific Ayurvedic program of diet, stress reduction, neuromuscular integration, exercise, and daily routines. The result is a total plan, tailor-made for each individual, to reestablish the body's essential balance with nature; tostrengthen the mind body connection; and to use the power of quantum healing to transcend the ordinary limitations of disease and aging--in short, for achieving "Perfect Health.
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As I've also found, there is a fair bit of both promotion of his goods and services, as well as TM and other training that he offers. It's always done in a very subtle and "helpful" way, but it is there in the background nonetheless.
The topic itself is a fascinating one, and a great reminder on the need for prevention before cure. Even if you read the book and find the concepts to be hogwash - which is unlikely given the approach Chopra uses to introduce the reader to Ayurveda - the constant reminder that disease can be prevented and that preventative medicine - the emphasis of Eastern medicinal practices - needs to be applied to maintain "Perfect Health". Some of the dietary and exercise practices can be put into place immediately after reading the book, while others will require the assistance of a trained Ayurvedic Doctor. Candidly, with the emphasis on the body type and the need to get this correct for maximum effectiveness, a visit to a practitioner will probably need to accompany any implementation. (However, as I noted above, Chopra does an effective, if subtle, promotion of his products and services, so I may have bought into that influence in the last statement).
A decent book, easy read, and if anything, will make you more health conscious and bodily aware.