A pioneer of alternative medicine, Chopra is the author of 25 books, including the international best seller Las siete leyes espirituales del xito (Seven Laws for Spiritual Success, Edaf, 2000), where he combines physics, Eastern wisdom, and Western science to reevaluate the common definition of health. Here, he teams up with fellow author Simon to provide a 10-step guide to rejuvenation based on the belief that individuals can actively influence their health and well-being. Ten weeks, they claim, is enough time for a person to follow the steps and transform his/her diet, rest and exercise habits, toxin and vitamin intake, creativity, love, and perception of his/her body. The chapters start with a brief list of suggestions for accomplishing each step and continue with meaningful but easy-to-read instructions. Interesting visual aids, such as the famed illustration that can be seen as either an old woman or a young one, prove that there are different ways to perceive the same thing. It would have been better, however, to use photographs rather than illustrations to depict yoga and muscle-strengthening exercises, as improper postures can injure beginners. Chopra and Simon also provide lists of dietary supplements, their functions, and their sources, as well as a list of healthy Thai, Italian, Chinese, American, Mexican, and French recipes designed to reverse aging. Even if it doesn't keep its promise of taking 15 years from one's age, this well-researched guide will surely improve the health and well-being of readers. Highly recommended for public libraries and bookstores serving middle-aged and elderly Hispanic communities. Carmen Ospina, "Criticas" Copyright 2002 Cahners BusinessInformation.
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.
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."