Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide [NOOK Book]

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A decade ago, Deepak Chopra, M.D., wrote Perfect Health, the first practical guide to harnessing the healing power of the mind, which became a national bestseller. The book described how breakthroughs in physics and medicine were underscoring the validity of a 5,000-year-old medical system from ancient India known as Ayurveda ("the knowledge of life span" in Sanskrit). Perfect Health went on to describe how to apply the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to everyday life. In celebration of this classic work we have ...
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Overview

A decade ago, Deepak Chopra, M.D., wrote Perfect Health, the first practical guide to harnessing the healing power of the mind, which became a national bestseller. The book described how breakthroughs in physics and medicine were underscoring the validity of a 5,000-year-old medical system from ancient India known as Ayurveda ("the knowledge of life span" in Sanskrit). Perfect Health went on to describe how to apply the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to everyday life. In celebration of this classic work we have created this new edition, revised and updated to include the latest medical research.

Although we experience our bodies as solid, they are in fact more like fires that are constantly being consumed and renewed. We grow new stomach linings every five days, for instance. Our skin is new every five weeks. Each year, fully 98 percent of the total number of atoms in our bodies is replaced. Ayurveda gives us the tools to intervene at this quantum level, where we are being created anew each day. Ayurveda tells us that freedom from sickness depends on contacting our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.

Perfect Health provides a complete step-by-step program of mind body medicine tailored to individual needs. A quiz identifies the reader's mind body type: thin, restless Vata; enterprising, efficient Pitta; tranquil, steady Kapha; or any combination of these three. This body type becomes the basis for a specific Ayurvedic program of diet, stress reduction, neuromuscular integration, exercise, and daily routines. The result is a total plan, tailor-made for each individual, to reestablish the body's essential balance with nature; to strengthen the mind body connection; and to use the power of quantum healing to transcend the ordinary limitations of disease and aging--in short, for achieving Perfect Health.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Personally tailored routines for diet, stress reduction & exercise based on body type.\

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Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, the classic Deepak Chopra work that illuminates how the mind can work in conjunction with the body to foster healing and well-being, is now fully revised and updated. Containing the most up-to-date information on the effects of the ancient practice Ayurveda, Perfect Health is essential reading for even the most casual student of mind/body medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307421432
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 79,506
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra has written twenty-six books, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. In 1999 Time magazine selected Dr. Chopra as one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century, describing him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." He currently serves as CEO and founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.

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Biography

The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine.

Chopra's bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopra's holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%.

Chopra's interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life.

While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success).

Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: "We're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, it's the other way around: we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."

Good To Know

In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chopra's father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices.

Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as "playful" and "carefree."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Deepak Chopra M.D.
    2. Hometown:
      La Jolla, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Delhi, India
    1. Education:
      All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    A must read. Practical and fascinating. It changed my view on health and self care.

    Once I opened the first page of this book I could hardly stop reading it. It is as deep and practical as it is easy to read. It gave me the most valuable knowledge on Indian Ayurvedic medicine, a deeper understanding of my body type, and how to use -- in daily life -- simple techniques and the appropriate food to keep or recover health ... I strongly recommed this book to anyone willing to either recover or keep a good mind-body health.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great manual for daily use!

    The information is written in an easy to read and easy to understand manner. Very helpful where the typical doctor fails to identify the reason for odd symptoms that overtime become debilitating. Thank you Deepak!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    Open your eyes to a healthier future

    Dr Chopra gives you the tools to make you life healthier. A new look at doshas that really mkaes sense. Now I just have to put them into practice!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

    Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra

    I found the body type assessment very helpful and learned I was a vada type. Just by adding the recommended food types to my diet as recommended in the book, I have increased energy and clearness of thought.
    A great book for anyone who wants to learn about how to eat better from a fresh perspective.

    There is also so much in the volume I have not addressed yet, and I look forward to continuing to learn how to access and gain optimum health from Deepak's perspective. This book really works for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    The best reference book on Ayurvedic healing

    You can never fail in getting the most accurate and up to date reading from any book from Dr. Deepak Chopra. He makes difficult concepts a breeze to understand, as long as you are interested and willing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

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    Great Book. opened doors I never tried to consider... Your body is much more than just a bunch of organs... it is the temple of the soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Good Overview.   This book provides a good overview, and of cour

    Good Overview.  
    This book provides a good overview, and of course there are items that are needed in order to practice Ayruveda. 
    Where better to get the items that they use at the perfect health retreat than the source.?  A good book for an alternative way for 
    those who can not actually go or to keep the practice going once they are back in real life.  And yes, sometimes we need a little 
    help from others to learn how to do something.

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