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Spontaneous Healing

How to Discover & Enhance Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain & Heal Itself
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Paperback Book
April, 1996
$18.00 CAD
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Andrew Weil, ever on the cutting edge of the growing movement to incorporate alternative forms of medicine into standard treatment, is one of the most authoritative and articulate voices in the field of health and healing. In Spontaneous Healing he presents the concept that the body has within it a healing system responsible not only for remissions of life-threatening diseases, but also for day-to-day maintenance and for positive responses to everyday illnesses. This system is functional rather than structural, employing all the body’s systems and manifesting itself in such ways as DNA repair and immune defenses. Weil illuminates the mechanisms and processes of the body’s healing system, showing ways in which one can optimize the functioning of his or her own system. He explains how our healing system operates, its interactions with the mind, its biological organization, and its systems of self-diagnosis, self-repair, and regeneration.

Spontaneous Healing is a friendly, experienced guide to how we can strengthen this system through diet and nutrition, vitamins and supplements, exercise, stress reduction and mind/body methods long accepted in other cultures. While analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, Dr. Weil also offers specific recommendations for particular categories of disease from lupus and allergies to atherosclerosis and cancer, and he provides documented accounts of spontaneous healing in even the most serious cases.

Until now few doctors and scientists have looked for examples of healing; therefore, it is not surprising that the phenomenon of spontaneous healing seems obscure and the concept of an internal healing system odd. I contend that the more we embrace that concept, the more we will experience healing in our lives, and the less reason we will have to use medical interventions that are unnecessary, sometimes damaging, and consume so much money. Healing-oriented medicine would serve us much better than the present system, since it would be safer and surer as well as cheaper. I have written this book in an effort to help bring it into existence.

Also by Andrew Weil are Eight Weeks to Optimum Health and Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing.

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"Memorable...Dr. Weil makes his case carefully and clearly."
--The New York Times Book Review


"This book is destined to become a classic."
--Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Drawing on fascinating case histories from his own practice as well as medical techniques he has observed in his travels around the world, Dr. Weil shows how the mechanisms of self-diagnosis and self-regeneration have worked to resolve life-threatening diseases, severe trauma, and chronic pain. But spontaneous healing is also the essential element in the maintenance of our basic daily health. The book outlines an eight-week program that each of us can use to alter our diet, avoid environmental toxins, and reduce stress in order to enhance our innate healing powers.

The best medicine does not merely combat germs or suppress symptoms, but rather works hand in hand with the body's natural defenses to manage illness. Building on this fundamental truth and tapping into the intricate interaction of mind and body, Dr. Weil arrives at a major new synthesis of conventional and alternative medical treatments. At once practical and inspirational, Spontaneous Healing gives each one of us the power and the wisdom to draw on the sources of health we hold within.Spontaneous healing is not a miracle or a lucky exception, but a fact of biology, the result of the natural healing system that each one of us is born with. This simple, but profoundly revolutionary, concept is the basis for this brilliant book by Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the most skilled, articulate, and important leaders in the field of health and healing.

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