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26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

The Psychological Side of Healing

This book is all about using your thoughts to fix the problems in your life. What kind of problems? Well, the book looks into healing life areas such as relationships, work, success, prosperity, and your body. But wait a minute, did I say the book is using thoughts to h...
This book is all about using your thoughts to fix the problems in your life. What kind of problems? Well, the book looks into healing life areas such as relationships, work, success, prosperity, and your body. But wait a minute, did I say the book is using thoughts to heal your body? What's up with that? Is that even possible?...Well, after reading this book, I think in many cases, yes, it is possible. While I think it is the way to go to treat things such as an acute appendicitis with surgery, fractures with a cast, and pneumonia with antibiotics, there are many conditions where conventional medicine blatently falls short. Of course I'm talking about health problems such as migraines, backaches, or stomach ulcers- you know, those kinds of nagging disorders where we all know that stress/mental processes DO play a role. But while few would argue that psychological factors can cause an ulcer, what about more serious conditions such as, say, arthritis?...Well it may not be too far fetched. Consider this. One study of 1,198 subjects found that only 56% of men with SEVERE knee arthritis had any pain (Lawrence 1966). Another study X-rayed 84 seventy-nine year-olds and 76 eighty-five year-olds and found that only 43% of them with SEVERE knee arthritis had any pain complaints (Bagge 1991). There are plenty more examples in the scientific literature, but obviously there two alone show us that there is NO clear-cut association between severe knee arthritis and pain...ON THE OTHER HAND, when one looks at the relationship between psychological variables and knee arthritis, one does see a clear association. For instance, one study looked at 65 patients (ages 55 to 87) with hip and/or knee arthritis. X-rays, pain, depression levels, anxiety levels, coping styles, and functional impairment were all assessed. The findings? Researchers discovered that the severity of one's arthritis showed little relationship to pain, BUT, psychological variables were strong predictors of who had pain and how impaired they were (Summers 1988)...Along the same lines, Salaffi examined 61 women (ages 51-79) with knee arthritis. Here again, results showed that how disabled someone was, was more related to psychological variables than how bad their knee looked on an X-ray film. Interestingly, both anxiety and depression WERE important predictors of pain (Salaffi 1991). Anyone conducting a literature review on Medline will find more such examples IF you're looking for them. While I used knee arthritis as an example, there are MANY more studies on other health problems with similar findings...All of this should be causing us to raise an eyebrow. The literature is telling us that it is far from being clear cut that things like bad knee arthritis ALWAYS mean pain. And the research is also giving us clues that the mind definitely plays a role. So the question now becomes, if bad thought patterns can play a role in health problems such as arthritis, why not in other diseases such as cancer, as the book suggests?...You be the judge. I found that the main value in this book was getting me to look at how our thinking does influence the functioning of our bodies- as well as our life in general. Note I'm NOT saying that you can think yourself well all the time either. Remember that while Louise Hay did change her thought patterns and was cured of cancer, she has also written that she used other alternative treatments as well, such as foot reflexology and colon therapy (Chapter 16).

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7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not for me

I have heard wonderful things about Louise L. Hay but when I got to the part about how... paraphrasing... we cause our illnesses... tell that to a child with cancer. I believe in things we can control but there are somethings in life that are not within ones control. ...
I have heard wonderful things about Louise L. Hay but when I got to the part about how... paraphrasing... we cause our illnesses... tell that to a child with cancer. I believe in things we can control but there are somethings in life that are not within ones control.

posted by 8251816 on April 12, 2012

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    Proceed With Caution.

    If you are a believer in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost/Spirit this book may make you feel uncomfortable. Louise L. Hay offers advice that you may have read or heard else where, some of it explains the importance of forgiving others as well as yourself to allow dis-ease to leave your body; the importance of controlling your thought life, and "unlearning" some childhood information that could be keeping you from being physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Some of the positive affirmations should assist the reader to begin to "heal" from past dis-ease and work toward a more positive future with less dis-ease. Be careful, as the reader, you may need to be cautious about what you are reading and the changes you make based on the advice given in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

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    If you relate to the saying 'I am my own worst enemy' then this is a good book for you to read. The affirmations that Louise suggests really can help you to change the way you talk to yourself...thereby changing your outlook on life. The idea that you can become responsible for your life and what happens to you is very important. I do believe this can be taken too far in suggesting that you bring EVERYTHING on yourself...that nothing is an accident, but if you read this with an open mind and choose to change how you think...thinking about yourself in a more accepting fashion you can become a more satisfied person and achieve more than you ever expected in your life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    This is a great book, and helps you to get at the underlying cau

    This is a great book, and helps you to get at the underlying causes of your chronic miseries. Louise Hay has wonderful suggestions for exercises and methods to discard old beliefs that are holding us back. i really loved the little embedded videos of Louise herself explaining important points.
    That said, this edition of the book is very poorly designed. The huge table of common problems and underlying beliefs is all entered as a single picture on page 117 - which goes on for many pages. The type is very small and almost impossible to make out. There is no search capability within the table, so it is hard to use, even if you can make out the tiny print. So get the paperback and not the Nook version until this gets fixed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

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    This is a good book to read when your sick because it makes you feel better,and if you have cancer or somthing bad this book would make you feel that your gonna be fine or you will get better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

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    I think this book is good for people who are stuck in negativity but will not do much for productive senior executives.

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