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

Andrew Weil M.D.
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April 23 1996
"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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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.

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent resource from Dr. Weil Jan. 17 2002
Format:Paperback
I bought Spontaneous Healing to be a companion to my other books by Dr Weil. I had truly enjoyed both 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Natural Health, Natural Medicine. This is yet another excellent resource on how to integrate "alternative" medical practices with what you already know in order to achieve natural healing and wellness. Much of what he says are things that we already know: exercise is good, we need to eat more vegetables and fiber, get enough rest, and so on. But he also has new ideas presented here, as well as in his other books. I'm especially impressed with the breathing techniques. I was very skeptical that something as simple as breathing could have an impact on how I was feeling. But it really does make a difference! (The "waking up" technique saved me in college when I had no coffee).
My only criticism for this book is that the philosophy is "believe you'll be well, visualize being well, and it will happen." I agree that the mind plays a large role in our health, but I don't think that mind power alone will save you from all ailments. One example in the book is actually a woman who beat cancer without going through traditional treatments or chemotherapy. I find that wonderful and inspiring, but a bit unrealistic.
This book focuses on Healing in particular, so I would definitely take that into account when making a purchase. It talks about overcoming various health problems and has several good tips about health in general. But unless you're specifically looking for such a resource, I would recommed getting a book that covers health in a more general way such as Natural Health, Natural Medicine. If you're a pretty healthy person, this book really isn't really necessary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you won't hear many doctors tell you Feb. 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've had little success with chronic or "incurable" ailments or would like to avoid them in the future, your money will be well spent on this book. I've been practicing many of the suggestions Dr. Weil makes, yet I still found plenty of new material to learn from.
The book highlights the inadequacy of modern traditional medicine. From the lower success rates for treating a vast number of ailments, to the ineffectiveness of drug treatments, to the ever climbing costs of health care, it reveals what many medical professionals won't tell you or, even worse, don't know about themselves.
If you'd like to regain control of your health and keep it that way at the lowest reasonable cost, this book gives you the "fishing pole" for how to do that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point March 21 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is book offers basic, non-complicated ways to understand and implement alternative/homeopathic methods to not only heal, but just as importantly, to maintain good health. The author does tend to use some medical terminology when referring to western medicine but the rest is pretty straight forward and easy to follow. If you know nothing or little about homeopathic methods, then this book is a great start to get a general understanding and possibly guidance to where you can begin your research into more specific areas to study should you have a nagging condition that you can't seem to get rid of. I am young and in prefect health, but knowing how to maintain my health naturely is what prompted me to buy this book and I'm glad I did. I own both the book and the audio book. The tape is read by the author and he is a bit monotone so you might drift off into daydreaming while listening to it from time to time. You'll definitely have to listen to it several times, but worth it. The audio book is great for listening while I drive to work since you will have to read it or listen to it several times in order to absorb all of the information in it, but the tape doesn't offer as many examples of success stories that the book offers so it might be good to get both like I did. While the information is great, the stories are the ones that really inspire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Book to Starting a Healthy Life April 29 2003
Format:Hardcover
Being a current college student I face various abuses in my life such as alcohol consumption, smoking and stress. I wanted a book that would give me a natural way to repair my body and at the same time change my bad lifestyle. Spontaneous Healing: Discover and Enhance Your Body's Natural Ability To Maintain and Heal Itself by Andrew Weil M.D., provides its readers with vital information to promote healing internally and externally. It is through natural alternatives, methods and remedies that keep the body consistently healthy or eradicating diseases from the body without harming the balance of it. Andrew Weil who exposes the reader to alternative methods that the conventional medical community has diagnosed without success. Everyone should know the various options available to them and the book is a phenomenal guide in exposing its readers to the natural way to a healthy life.
Andrew Weil M.D has compiled various testimonials from his associates, clients and friends and listed the various illnesses that people have suffered and the success they went through by changing their lifestyle and not accepting the negative end that the conventional medicine has placed upon them. The story that made an impact on me was the story of Mark M. He is a man infected with AIDS virus and was projected to die in two years yet he defied the doctors prognosis by following his instinct by changing his diet and lifestyle. Mark M. is an example of a man that took matters in his own hands. This made an impact to me because sometimes you have to be proactive in you health and never settle with one prognosis. Always remember that this is you life and that one should knows what works for them.
The book has given me an insight to find a center in my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for Co-worker
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Heather
2.0 out of 5 stars Not happy with quality
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 7 months ago by Very useful.. good job
5.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil
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 more
Published 11 months ago by KC
4.0 out of 5 stars Healing Book
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 20 months ago by Judith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise words, great perspective, great advice. One to own.
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 more
Published on Jan. 22 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars The audio book reader was terrible, where did they find him?
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
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read on Health and Healing!
This is such a great book, I don't know where to start! It has changed the way I look at food and over-the-counter medicine. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Presents something profound and of enormous value
Andrew Weil, who is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and the author of a number of best-selling books on medicine, consciousness, health and diet, is one of those rare men... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001 by Dennis Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
This book is very informative and easy to read! I love the way the author takes many different sides to every issue he raises.
Published on Sept. 6 2001
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