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It is clear that all organisms have highly developed mechanisms for self-repair and healing -- but according to Dr. Weil, Western medicine often interferes instead of working with these systems. In the course of his argument, he describes several extraordinary case studies of drastic spontaneous healing. Perhaps the most valuable feature of the book is his more gradual eight-week program of strengthening the ability of your immune, endocrine, circulatory, and nervous systems to provide such spontaneous healing.
As others argue the politics of health care, Weil (Health and Healing) turns away from the usual practice of Western medicine, which is focused on alleviating symptoms rather than strengthening internal mechanisms of health, to closely consider the nature of the healing process. "At every level of biological organization, from DNA up," he writes, the "mechanics of self-diagnosis, self-repair and regeneration exist in us." To buttress his point, he cites such evidence as the placebo effect, inexplicable remissions and the commonplace repair of wounds, often marginalized by the medical community. In an effort to make the process of healing seem less obscure, Weil reports a wide range of dramatic case histories. Other sections detail various means, e.g., diet and breathing exercises, available for optimizing one's healing system, and suggestions for approaches to illnesses. Also included are an "Eight Week Program for Optimal Healing Power" and a guide to finding practitioners, supplies and information.
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I had received this book quite by accident, shortly before becoming exceptionally ill with a rare disease (7 years to diagnose) in my 20's. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Heather
It is very small book and quality is not good. If I knew I would have order Hard cover. Fonts are small and printing is just ok.Published 23 months ago by Very useful.. good job
An insightful book on an overall approach to healing. Dr.Weil informs us of the many tips and techniques encompassing body, mind and spirit available to us that can be used in... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2013 by KC
I bought this book for a friend so haven't seen it myself since I had it shipped right to her, but she loves the book.Published on Dec 2 2012 by Judith M
I read that Weil likes when he is criticised by both traditional medicine and by alternative medicine, because it means that he is doing what he likes to do: Tell the truth as best... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004
I have long been a fan of Weil's works, and I bet this book is just as good as all the rest.
However the audio book is terrible. Read more