Understanding the secret code of illness and health
Many doctors overlook the seemingly inexplicable tragedies and recoveries that happen in hospitals every day, opting to view them simply as aberrations from the medical norm. In this book, Dr. Marc Siegel draws from his decades of experience treating patients and explores the sometimes miraculous effects that the spirit and emotion can have on disease and healing. The inner pulse is the essence that links the soul to the mind and body, the marker that predicts whether a person's life force is fading or strengthening. This book shows you how to tap into your inner pulse and even how to influence it.
Explores how your inner pulse can alert you to what is going on in your bodyOffers a new perspective on the positive and negative effects of the mind on illness and healingIncludes dramatic case stories of Dr. Siegel's work with his own patients?those who have healed and those who have not
Exploring the uncanny world where expectation and outcome are driven by a patient's personal intuition, this book will give you a deeper understanding of how the mind relates to disease and how the mind and the body working in sync can help heal.
Siegel (False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear), a professor of medicine at NYU, writes about an ineffable but perceptible (though not measurable) "essential life force." This pulse acts as the "fulcrum of a person's life force...where the physical and the spiritual combine." Taking incidents from his life both personal and profession, Siegel relays how he learned to listen for and accept guidance from the pulse. He gives examples of how the force can be strengthened and focused, citing extraordinary rescues and feats and the exploits of Houdini and other magicians, arguing that tapping into it can bring an awareness of "the direction your health is heading." The doctor relates how he has been guided to perform diagnostic tests that have detected early cancers and other illnesses. Over the course of the book Siegel defines his concept in many often-metaphoric ways, alternatively referring to it as "the power that holds the body and the soul together"; "the strongest power in the body"; a person's "drive to live" or "survive"; the efficacy of "positive emotion and spirit" or "thinking" on a person's health; "magic," and other concepts, effectively circling an inherently vague spiritual concern ("how much we all still don't know") chapter upon chapter. Regardless, his contribution is an intriguing approach to the mind/body conundrum.