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Here is an extraordinary new approach to healing by an extraordinary physician-writer — a book filled with the mystery, wonder, and hope of people who have experienced seemingly miraculous recoveries from cancer and other serious illnesses.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, a respected New England endocrinologist, began his search for answers when he saw patients in his own practice who completely recovered after being given only a few months to live. In the mid-1980's he returned to his ...

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Overview

Here is an extraordinary new approach to healing by an extraordinary physician-writer — a book filled with the mystery, wonder, and hope of people who have experienced seemingly miraculous recoveries from cancer and other serious illnesses.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, a respected New England endocrinologist, began his search for answers when he saw patients in his own practice who completely recovered after being given only a few months to live. In the mid-1980's he returned to his native India to explore Aruyveda, humanities most ancient healing tradition. Now he has brought together the current research of Wetern medicine, neuoscience, and physics with the insights of Ayurvedic theory to show that the human body is controlled by a "network of intelligence" grounded in quantum reality. Not a superficial psychological state, this intelligence lies deep enough to change the basic pattenrs that design our physiology — with the potential to defeat cancer, heart disease, and even aging itself. in this inspiring and pioneering work, Dr. Chopra offers us both a fascinating intellectual journey and a deeply moving chronicle of hope and healing.

Brings together Western medicine, neuro- science & physics with Ayurvedic theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553348699
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 120,751
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of holistic medicine. His belief that the mind, body, and spirit are closely interknit has won him legions of followers.

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 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.

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