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Relaxation Response
Herbert Benson
0380815958
January 1975
Paperback
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Book Review
When you look at the popularity of mind-body medicine today, it's hard to understand what a groundbreaking book this was when it was first published in 1975. Based on studies at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Herbert Benson showed that relaxation techniques such as meditation have immense physical benefits, from lowered blood pressure to a reduction in heart disease. The Relaxation Response demystifies the mantra meditation used in the transcendental meditation program, explaining how anyone can reap its advantages with or without the help of a guru. If you want to understand the beginnings of today's alternative medicine movement, or if you're simply looking to learn a simple meditation technique without a lot of metaphysical trappings, this is a good place to start. --Ben Kallen --This...


Managing Pain Before It Manages You
Margaret A. Caudill
1572307188
November 2001
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Dennis C. Turk, Ph.D., Director, Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, & Behavioral Science, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Dr. Caudill's narrative is crystal clear and insightful, demonstrating great empathy for pain sufferers. She has a knack for clearly and concisely discussing relevant information while anticipating readers' misconceptions and reservations, addressing them throughout the volume. This volume can be used by people with chronic pain on their own as well as an adjunct to treatments provided by professionals. If followed carefully, this volume will surely make a difference in the lives of those with diverse chronic pain syndromes. Dr. Margaret Caudill has produced an outstanding volume that will set the standard against which all future volumes targeting those with chronic pain will be judged. --This...


The Breakout Principle: How to Activate the Natural Trigger That Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity, and Personal Well-Being
Herbert Benson
0743223985
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
If self-help books usually fall short of delivering life changes, The Breakout Principle is a book of a different stripe: a science-based path to self-transformation. Herbert Benson, M.D. pulls together 30 years of mind-body research to describe the Breakout Principle: "a powerful mind-body impulse that severs prior mental patterns and--even in times of great stress or emotional trauma--opens an inner door to a host of personal benefits." Breakouts open the door to different kinds of peak experiences--self-awareness, creativity, productivity, athleticism, rejuvenation, and transcendence--and lead to lasting changes.

Benson explains the stages of stress/struggle, release (during which you give up unresolved destructive or negative thought patterns), breakout/peak experience, and "new-normal" state. He balances the...



Mind Your Heart: A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise, and Nutrition for Heart Health
Aggie Casey
0743237021
April 2004
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Review
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Inner Peace for Busy PeopleMind Your Heart is the definitive guide to heart-healthy living. Wise, accessible, informative, and practical, this book is the lifesaver you've been looking for.
Mehmet Oz, M.D.Director, Cardiovascular Institute, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York-Presbyterian HospitalMind Your Heart elegantly reveals that heart disease is not just a mechanical obstacle but also a biochemical and spiritual challenge. In modern society, we have gravitated to quick-fix cures, but Mind Your Heart sketches a truer path to wellness and outlines a blueprint for sustained recovery of health.
Bernie Siegel, M.D.author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Help Me to HealAn easy-to-read resource for people dealing with...


Say Good Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed at Harvard Medical School
Gregg D. Jacobs
0805055487
January 2000
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From Library Journal
First-time authors Jacobs and Wiedman bring two complementary and responsible viewpoints to the topic of insomnia. Both have suffered from insomnia, write extensively about the ineffectiveness and sometime harmful consequences of sleeping pills, and suggest starting treatment by keeping a sleep diary. Jacobs, a professor at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Behavioral Medicine Insomnia Program, promotes a drug-free program of healthy sleep patterns based on biofeedback, relaxation, positive thinking, and good sleep habits. Wiedman, a mortgage broker by trade, suggests a very simple three-step plan. While the two books offer similar information, Jacobs's scholarly manner will satisfy those looking for an authoritative answer, while Wiedman's more informal approach will appeal to readers seeking something...


Mind Over Menopause
Leslee Kagan
0743236971
Apr 2004
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Book Description
Control Your Menopause Symptoms with a Holistic Mind/Body ApproachMillions of women report the years after menopause as a time of increased confidence and feelings of empowerment. However, the menopause transition can be a difficult one. Maybe you've endured night sweats. Maybe you've begun asking friends and family, "Is it hot in here?" only to get a resounding "No." Maybe you're noticing that PMS is more than a monthly occurrence. If you're searching for a natural or integrated medical approach to navigate the midlife transition and improve your long-term health, you have picked up the right book.Based on groundbreaking programs developed by clinicians at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, including Dr. Herbert Benson, Mind Over Menopause is the only book to combine the expertise of the Mind/Body Medical Institute,...


Relaxation Response
Herbert Benson
0380006766
January 1975
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
When you look at the popularity of mind-body medicine today, it's hard to understand what a groundbreaking book this was when it was first published in 1975. Based on studies at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Herbert Benson showed that relaxation techniques such as meditation have immense physical benefits, from lowered blood pressure to a reduction in heart disease. The Relaxation Response demystifies the mantra meditation used in the transcendental meditation program, explaining how anyone can reap its advantages with or without the help of a guru. If you want to understand the beginnings of today's alternative medicine movement, or if you're simply looking to learn a simple meditation technique without a lot of metaphysical trappings, this is a good place to start. --Ben Kallen


Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure
Aggie Casey
0071448012
Feb 2006
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Book Description
An innovative approach to lowering blood pressure that builds on the national bestseller The Relaxation Response For the 100 million people worldwide dealing with high blood pressure, bestselling author Dr. Herbert Benson and cardiac wellness expert Aggie Casey have created a proven plan for lowering blood pressure. Based on the groundbreaking work done at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, the authors' program goes beyond advice about nutrition and exercise to incorporate a proven stress-management program--including the relaxation response.

About the Author

Aggie Casey, R.N., M.S., is an associate in medicine at Harvard Medical School, the director and clinical nurse specialist for the Cardiac Wellness Program at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, and coauthor of...



The Holistic Pediatrician: A Pediatrician's Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Therapies for the 25 Most Common Ailments of Infants, Children, and Adolescents
Kathi J. Kemper
0060084278
January 2002
Paperback
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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Making the Body, Mending the Mind
"This delightful, informative, and indispensable holistic guide to children’s health will become a classic."

Dr. Henry Bernstein, DO, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
"A must read for all pediatricians and the families they serve."

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Timeless Healing
Herbert Benson
0684831465
January 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
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...


Beyond the Relaxation Response
Herbert Benson
0425081834
January 1984
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Focuses on meditation as an integral part of a healing and self-help regime.


The Breakout Principle
Herbert Benson
0743223977
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
If self-help books usually fall short of delivering life changes, The Breakout Principle is a book of a different stripe: a science-based path to self-transformation. Herbert Benson, M.D. pulls together 30 years of mind-body research to describe the Breakout Principle: "a powerful mind-body impulse that severs prior mental patterns and--even in times of great stress or emotional trauma--opens an inner door to a host of personal benefits." Breakouts open the door to different kinds of peak experiences--self-awareness, creativity, productivity, athleticism, rejuvenation, and transcendence--and lead to lasting changes.

Benson explains the stages of stress/struggle, release (during which you give up unresolved destructive or negative thought patterns), breakout/peak experience, and "new-normal" state. He balances the...



Wellness Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Treating Stress-Related Illness
Herbert Benson
0671797506
January 1992
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The editors and their associates at the Mind/Body Medical Institute of the New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School hope to make their "experience in treating chronic and stress-related symptoms available to those not able to attend" their Boston-based behavioral medicine clinics. In 24 chapters, the reader is "introduced to the essentials of healthy lifestyle, including the relaxation response, nutrition, exercise, and stress management." The workbook format includes short patient histories, space for write-in exercises and personal data, charts, and diagrams. Overall, this material is also covered in greater detail and a better format in the Wellness Encyclopedia ( LJ 2/15/91); the more personalized log in The Wellness Book makes it most appropriate for individual purchase.-James Swanton, Albert...

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