Spontaneous Healing : How to Discover and Enhance Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself (Paperback)

Author: Weil, Andrew

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"Memorable...Dr. Weil makes his case carefully and clearly."
--The "New York Times Book Review
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"This book is destined to become a classic."
--Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
Drawing on fascinating case histories from his own practice as well as medical techniques he has observed in his travels around the world, Dr. Weil shows how the mechanisms of self-diagnosis and self-regeneration have worked to resolve life-threatening diseases, severe trauma, and chronic pain. But spontaneous healing is also the essential element in the maintenance of our basic daily health. The book outlines an eight-week program that each of us can use to alter our diet, avoid environmental toxins, and reduce stress in order to enhance our innate healing powers.
The best medicine does not merely combat germs or suppress symptoms, but rather works hand in hand with the body's natural defenses to manage illness. Building on this fundamental truth and tapping into the intricate interaction of mind and body, Dr. Weil arrives at a major new synthesis of conventional and alternative medical treatments. At once practical and inspirational, Spontaneous Healing gives each one of us the power and the wisdom to draw on the sources of health we hold within.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780449910641
SKU 30071024
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0449910644
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Andrew X. Weil
Andrew Weil, best-selling author and natural-health pioneer, was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. Initially, Weil's fascination with the miraculous healing powers of the human body drove him to pursue biology and medicine; he strongly believed that, if nurtured properly, the human body had the ability to heal itself. Thus, during his academic studies, he became disillusioned with the rules of Western medicine, which promoted chemical intervention and disregarded any connections between the mind and body. His dissatisfaction with his conventional clinical training led him to explore non-Western cultures' concepts of natural health and mind-body interactions. Believing his discoveries would be helpful to Western populations, Weil began to write informative books about the healing arts. His first work, THE NATURAL MIND, was published after he completed his medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and worked one year at the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 1971 and '75, his position as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to travel to South America and Africa, where he accumulated information about medicinal plants and natural remedies used to treat diseases. Between 1971 and '84, while on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum, Weil conducted research on psychoactive plants. He has continued to write about natural healing practices. Many of these works, such as EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, EIGHT WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, and SPONTANEOUS HEALING, became national bestsellers, catapulting Weil into the heart of health-guru fame.
Andrew Weil, best-selling author and natural-health pioneer, was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. Initially, Weil's fascination with the miraculous healing powers of the human body drove him to pursue biology and medicine. He came to believe that, if nurtured properly, the human body has the ability to heal itself. Thus he became disillusioned with the rules of Western medicine, which promoted chemical intervention and disregarded any connections between the mind and body. His dissatisfaction with his conventional clinical training led him to explore non-Western cultures' concepts of natural health and mind-body interactions. Believing his discoveries would be helpful to Western populations, Weil began to write informative books about the healing arts. His first work, THE NATURAL MIND, was published after he completed his medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and worked one year at the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 1971 and '75, his position as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to travel to South America and Africa, where he accumulated information about medicinal plants and natural remedies used to treat diseases. Between 1971 and 1984, while on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum, Weil conducted research on psychoactive plants. He has continued to write about natural healing practices. Many of these works, such as EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, EIGHT WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, and SPONTANEOUS HEALING, became national bestsellers, catapulting Weil into the heart of health-guru fame.
Praise
"In his latest book, 'Spontaneous Healing', Andrew Weil, a Harvard-trained physician and a botanist with a longstanding interest in medicinal plants, points out that Western physicians are often guilty (inadvertently or otherwise) of medical hexing simply by telling the patient what they know of the natural history of a disease and its prognosis."
"It is destined to become a classic in a new, more natural approach to medicine."
"'Spontaneous Healing' is the best single source for people seeking a sound and practical guide to personal healing."
"In 'Spontaneous Healing', Dr. Andrew Weil writes clearly, wisely, brilliantly about our inborn healing abilities. This book may change your life."
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Editors Note "Memorable...Dr. Weil makes his case carefully and clearly."--The New York Times Book Review#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"This book is destined to become a classic."--Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the MindDrawing on fascinating case histories from his own practice as well as medical techniques he has observed in his travels around the world, Dr. Weil shows how the mechanisms of self-diagnosis and self-regeneration have worked to resolve life-threatening diseases, severe trauma, and chronic pain. But spontaneous healing is also the essential element in the maintenance of our basic daily health. The book outlines an eight-week program that each of us can use to alter our diet, avoid environmental toxins, and reduce stress in order to enhance our innate healing powers.The best medicine does not merely combat germs or suppress symptoms, but rather works hand in hand with the body's natural defenses to manage illness. Building on this fundamental truth and tapping into the intricate interaction of mind and body, Dr. Weil arrives at a major new synthesis of conventional and alternative medical treatments. At once practical and inspirational, Spontaneous Healing gives each one of us the power and the wisdom to draw on the sources of health we hold within.
Editors Note 1 A passionate and convincing book about the need to incporporate alternative medicine into curren medical practices, Spontaneous Healing decribes a "healing system" that makes use of components of recognized systems of the body, including the immune, nervous, endocrine, and circulatory, to reveal how the body can heal itself and how those who are inflicted can enhance that healing.
Annotation The author advocates the concept that the body has its own healing system that is responsible not only for remissions of life-threatening diseases, but also for day-to-day maintenance and positive responses to everyday illnessses. The book is a detailed guide to strengthening this system through diet and nutrition, vitamins and supplements, exercise, stress reduction, and mind/body techniques long practiced and accepted in other cultures.
Annotation 3 Can the body heal itself? Dr. Weil says it can, and in SPONTANEOUS HEALING he offers practical advice on wellness along with anecdotes of patients who have healed after pursuing alternative medical approaches. Weil presents an overview of the body's healing system and describes what promotes or inhibits its functioning. He offers a specific 8-week plan for boosting the body's immune system, and addresses the very serious issue of what to do when one gets sick. Weil is one of the great explainers, and in plain language he addresses the questions like: What do I need to know about diet? Or about fat? Or protein? Why is garlic supposedly good for us? And he emphasizes the mental and spiritual connection to health. The reader comes away from Weil better informed and better equipped to make small but key adjustments in everyday habits in order to live healthier and longer.
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