The Power and Biology of Belief"
by Dr. Herbert
Benson and Marg Stark
|In this life-changing
book, Dr. Herbert Benson draws on his twenty-five years as a
physician and researcher to reveal how affirming beliefs,
particularly belief in a higher power, make an important
contribution to our physical health. We are not simply nourished by
meditation and prayer, but are, in essence, "wired for God."
Combining the wisdom of modem medicine and of
age-old faith. Dr. Benson shows how anyone can, with the aid of a
caring physician or healer, use their beliefs and other self-care
methods to heal over 60 percent of medical problems.
As practical as it is spiritual, Timeless
Healing is a blueprint for healing and transforming your life.
What The Critics Say
This carefully researched and accessible study by
Benson (The Relaxation Response), a professor at Harvard Medical
School, focuses on the power of the mind in curing illness. Benson
cites a wealth of scientific data, as well as anecdotes from
patients, to establish evidence that "remembered wellness" (his
term for the placebo effect) is a major factor in relieving
serious medical conditions.
Remembered wellness can occur when a sick person
calls the doctor for an appointment then feels much better, if not
recovered, by the date of the appointment. The majority of
research presented here deals with the strong negative or positive
power of belief systems on the body.
Benson argues that humans are genetically prone
to attach meaning to life and then translate this predisposition
into belief in a higher power. Faith in God, according to Benson
and documented by recent studies on the positive effects of
prayer, is as important to healing as are medical procedures. This
is a thought-provoking inquiry into the mind/body connection.
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