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Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    On the Wrong Side of Physics and Evolution

    Dr. Chopra has an easy flow writing style and he is pretty good at describing the inner working of the body, at least to a know-nothing like me. He seems intrigued by the fact that the body can knit a broken bone or heal a cut, all on its own. Sometimes the body can even ¿heal¿ a cancer all on its own, as evidenced by spontaneous remission. He also seems to want to ascribe this ability to some sort of ¿intelligence¿ that neurons and other type of cells have that marshal and guide the correct antigens to the appropriate receptors. Dr. Chopra wants to build this ¿intelligence¿ on something mysterious, say like quantum physics. Here, sadly, he goes astray. His tendency, it seems, is to try to get a physical object to act because of some ¿quantum thought¿ process, although he does not actually use those words. To show what I mean, let me follow the same example as he does in his book. He looks at electromagnetic radiation, light, coming from a light bulb. He claims that if we crank up the light and look at the light through a prism, we will see a spectrum of light, proving that light is a wave. If we turn the crank way, way down, we will not see the spectrum, but just ¿see¿ a photon, a quantum of energy. Here he is trying to get to the so-called ¿wave-particle¿ duality. Unfortunately he missed it. If we look at the light from the bulb, regardless of the setting of the crank, we would see a spectrum of the light. The dispersion of the light, the spectrum, depends on the speed of light at different frequencies in the prism. It does not depend on whether the light is a wave or a particle. On one hand, if we look at the light through a diffraction grating, we will see interference, a wave-like property. If on the other hand, we use the light in a photo-electric experiment, we will see the light behaving like a particle, giving up all its energy at one time. All of this takes place regardless of where the crank is set. Dr. Chopra would like to impute to the photon some sort of ¿intelligence¿ so that it knows when to be a wave and when to be a particle. Closer to the truth is the fact that the photon is what is it and it does not change. The outcome of an experiment is chosen by the experimenter, not the photon. The photon has no choice in the matter. I have no doubt that quantum physics lies at the fundamental microscopic levels in the biological behavior of molecules, but I doubt that anyone will be able to predict these behaviors from first principles in anything close to the foreseeable future. Dr. Chopra shows more naiveté in physics regarding its history, gravity, the unified field theory, and even how magnets work. But I¿m going to let that pass, and make some comments about his overall purpose and theme of the book. I gather that Dr. Chopra especially deplores the concomitant effects of Western medicine, particularly chemotherapy. His theme is use the body¿s own curative methods to bear against ¿all¿ diseases. His purpose is to explain just how to do that. The good doctor leads us to Ayurveda as a mind-body path to health and mending. I must admit that I am an unabashed skeptic. Thus it would not be surprising that I find his explanations unconvincing. Aside from the fact that there is scant evidence of any quantum (physics)-like processes going on, there¿s hardly any evidence at all; there are no references and the anecdotal tales are not documented in any believable way. How can one refute such explanations? If the cure doesn¿t take, then one just says that the person wasn¿t doing the mind-body thing correctly. If there is an unexplained cure, then one says: ¿A ha! See it does work.¿ Here¿s how I would argue. Suppose I were to receive a request for a review of a proposed ¿perpetual motion¿ machine. I could find the fault in the machine by carefully analyzing its inner workings, or I could simply declare that it doesn¿t work because it violates the laws of thermodynamics. By

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    Fascinating and Educational

    This book was a real eye-opener, and also served to confirm some things I had already suspected were true, about health and medicine in general. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to take control of their own health, and to anyone who is questioning the absolute (and too often unquestioned) power of our western medical machine.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Very disappointed that audio book is not the same as the printed

    Very disappointed that audio book is not the same as the printed material. It is pretty much abridged.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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