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The Wellness Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Treating Stress-Related Illness Paperback – October 1, 1993

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The editors and their associates at the Mind/Body Medical Institute of the New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School hope to make their "experience in treating chronic and stress-related symptoms available to those not able to attend" their Boston-based behavioral medicine clinics. In 24 chapters, the reader is "introduced to the essentials of healthy lifestyle, including the relaxation response, nutrition, exercise, and stress management." The workbook format includes short patient histories, space for write-in exercises and personal data, charts, and diagrams. Overall, this material is also covered in greater detail and a better format in the Wellness Encyclopedia ( LJ 2/15/91); the more personalized log in The Wellness Book makes it most appropriate for individual purchase.
-James Swanton, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine, New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Herbert Benson, MD, is the Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the mega-bestselling book, The Relaxation Response, as well as ten other trade books. His groundbreaking work established the modern field of mind body medicine. Dr. Benson is the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671797506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671797508
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 3, 2002
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The Wellness Book has been extremely helpful to me and is one of the best investments I have made in myself. I first used this book 10 years ago and was able to establish some healthful living goals and actions for myself that improved my physical conditioning immensely. I continue to use it today. What I really like about this book is that it enables each reader to really focus in on their individual lifestyles, needs, and habits and develop specific, realistic, and individualized action plans for improved and healthful living. The improved physical condition that I realized as a result of focusing on a plan and actions enabled me to climb mountains in the Sierra Nevada. I have also used techniques in this book to successfully address anxiety. This week I pulled the book off of my shelf and am going at it again. I am having fun with this exercise because I can compare my "10 loves" from 10 years ago to my "10 loves" of today and put a plan in place to realize them. Many thanks to the authors for such insightful and all emcompassing work. This book is as useful and current today as it was the day it was written.
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The Wellness Book has been extremely helpful to me and is one of the best investments I have made in myself. I first used this book 10 years ago and was able to establish some healthful living goals and actions for myself that improved my physical conditioning immensely. I continue to use it today. What I really like about this book is that it enables each reader to really focus in on their individual lifestyles, needs, and habits and develop specific, realistic, and individualized action plans for improved and healthful living. The improved physical condition that I realized as a result of focusing on a plan and actions enabled me to climb mountains in the Sierra Nevada. I have also used techniques in this book to successfully address anxiety. This week I pulled the book off of my shelf and am going at it again. I am having fun with this exercise because I can compare my "10 loves" from 10 years ago to my "10 loves" of today and put a plan in place to realize them. Many thanks to the authors for such insightful and all emcompassing work. This book is as useful and current today as it was the day it was written.
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By A Customer on November 5, 1998
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This book is by far the best guide to mind/body techniques to healing and recovery of the body and spirit. Dr. Benson's Mind/Body Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital in Boston is widely respected and uses all the techniques made available here. Indispensible.
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The Wellness Book has been the standard in Stress Management and Mind/Body Medicine for both the general lay public and health care practitioners for a decade, and continues to be head and shoulders above other such publications! . . . Gary L. Flegal, Ph.D., Professional Stress Management Services.
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As someone that has been managing a dual diagnosis of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis for almost 30 years I've learned to consider and count on myself as my own best advocate for better health. I do my own research and try to balance the best of complimentary and alternative medicine with traditional "western" medicine in order to find what works best for me. This book is one of the best resources I have found to assist in finding the best path to better health. Part of that path is an awareness of what can make one healthy or less healthy; this book helps the reader investigate and track the factors that affect health in general, like for instance nutrition. A second and major focus of this book is stress and how we manage it. There is a section regarding a concept called the Relaxation Response which I have found extremely helpful in identifying and reducing stress.

Of all the books I have read about health, I buy very few, but this is one I would not be without. Highly recommended!
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A slightly old and outdated but comprehensive work on total wellness. The author covers every major area and argues effectively - with research and evidence to support - the total interconnectedness of human physiology, psychology, spirituality, etc. If one realm is unhealthy, the others will be affected. I had to read this book for a class, but it was refreshing to read something by an author who is willing to speak the truth when it comes to health; that is, there are no magic bullets. So many authors are making money saying that there is.

Docked one star from five due to some outdated information and a section with an over-focus on stretching/relaxation positions.
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I purchased this book about 10 years ago and found it extraordinarily helpful and informative for practical strategies in understanding and also managing the stress that contributes to ill health. I continue to consult it and have recently purchased a copy for my daughter, as well, so it certainly stands the test of time. The research in mind-body science is well documented and has solid foundations, and the practical strategies are invaluable. Kudos to the authors in making their research and wisdom available to all who might benefit. A labor of love, in my opinion.
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