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A bold new look at healing from Dean Ornish, M.D. The visionary physician who showed-for the first time-that heart disease is reversible by changing diet and lifestyle now reveals one of the most powerful factors in health and illness: the healing power of love, intimacy, and spiritual transformation. According to Dr. Ornish, I am not aware of any other factor in medicine-not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery-that has a greater impact on our quality of life, incidence of illness, and premature death from almost all causes. Dr. Ornish is a pioneer once more as he persuasively argues that love and intimacy are a root cause of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. In Love & Survival, Dr. Ornish provides a review of the science supporting the powerful role of intimacy in health and illness, reveals in very personal terms his own struggles with intimacy and meaning, and describes strategies and techniques for enhancing love, intimacy, and communication.
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Many people know Dean Ornish as the doctor who proved that symptoms of heart disease can be reversed with a regimen of a low-fat diet, exercise, and stress reduction. In Love & Survival, he concentrates on the less tangible aspects of a healthful life. Through anecdotes and dozens of scientific studies, Ornish demonstrates that personal intimacy and other aspects of emotional well-being--all the elements that make up what we call "love"--are as important to our physical condition as to our mental health. Not only do these positive emotions motivate us to make better lifestyle choices, Ornish argues, they also have a powerful direct effect on our bodies, giving us stronger immune systems, better cardiovascular functioning, and longer life expectancies. But the benefits of opening our hearts to others go beyond curing our bodies of disease; it's also the first step toward healing our entire lives.From the Back Cover:
The Medical Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy
We all know that intimacy improves the quality of our lives. Yet most people don't realize how much it can increase the quality of our lives-- our survival.
In this New York Times world-renowned physician Dean Ornish, M.D., writes, "I am not aware of any other factor in medicine that has a greater impact on our survival than the healing power of love and intimacy. Not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery."
He reveals that the real epidemic in modern culture is not only physical heart disease but also what he calls spiritual heart disease: loneliness, isolation, alienation, and depression. He shows how the very defenses that we think protect us from emotional pain are often the same ones that actually heighten our pain and threaten our survival. Dr. Ornish outlines eight pathways to intimacy and healing that have made a profound difference in his life and in the life of millions of others in turning sadness into happiness, suffering into joy.
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Book Description Harper Audio, 1998. Audio Book (Cassette). Condition: Very Good. 2 cassettes in original box. Flaps of box are peeling and slightly bent. Box has light scratches and has edgewear. 0694518751 Abridged Audio Edition. Audio Book. Very Good. Seller Inventory # 29385