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Return to wholeness : embracing body, mind, and spirit in the face of cancer
Simon, David, 1951-
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New York : Wiley, [1999]

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xi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Understanding cancer -- Eavesdropping on the mind-body conversation -- Nutritional healing: food for nourishment, balance, and joy -- Heroic biochemicals: vitamins, minerals, and other healing substances -- The wisdom of herbs -- Contending with cancer: coping with symptoms and side effects -- Envisioning wholeness: meditation and creative visualization -- Sensual healing: using sound, touch, sight, and smell -- A time to every purpose -- Emotional healing -- Healing through expression -- The best medicine: laughter as therapy -- Weighing the options: assessing and utilizing alternative medicine -- Holistically specific -- The unknown destination: facing our fear of death.
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Beautiful. . . . If you are facing cancer or any other serious illness, I encourage you to allow the wisdom contained within these pages to nurture, guide, and support you.-Deepak Chopra, M.D., from his foreword

Return to Wholeness is a revelation. David Simon breaks new ground with the innovative, holistic mind-body approaches developed at the Chopra Center for Well Being. The guiding theme in this book is wholeness, as Dr. Simon demonstrates to readers the value of integrating the best of traditional and alternative medicines with ancient Eastern, Ayurvedic principles and practices in order to forge the most effective path to wellness.

Return to Wholeness features advice and recommendations on every aspect of living with illness, including designing a simple nutritional program to purify, rejuvenate, and provide balance; benefiting from the healing properties of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and herbs; facing the toll exacted by chemotherapy and other medical techniques; incorporating various kinds of meditation, creative visualization, and aromatherapy into the larger Return to Wholeness program; and weathering emotional cycles through art therapy, journaling, laughter, and music.

""Return to Wholeness is magnificent. Reading this book made me feel embraced and uplifted by all that is healing and true. Return to Wholeness should be kept on the nightstand of everyone who has cancer or another illness or who is afraid of becoming ill."" - Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

""Return to Wholeness is the perfect book for anyone facing the diagnosis of cancer. . . . Powerful, powerful teachings you will not read elsewhere from a medical doctor."" -Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., author of Manifest Your Destiny

""Gentle, compassionate, and yet thorough . . . a book that awakens the inner healer in all of us."" - Louise L. Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life

""An excellent source of information and guidance to help one integrate one's life and approach to cancer.""
-Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

""In every great challenge of life, we need guides who can show us the way. Dr. David Simon is a wise, compassionate physician who can help anyone on the journey through the experience of cancer."" -Larry Dossey, M.D. author of Prayer Is Good Medicine and Healing Words

Author Notes

David Simon, M.D., is Medical Director of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This highly recommended handbook for those diagnosed with cancer is sensitively written by the medical director of the Chopra Center for Well Being. Addressing common fears and concerns, the guide outlines complementary mind-body approaches to strengthen the immune system and improve quality of life while the patient undergoes conventional or alternative cancer treatment. The practical tools offered to marshal the patient's own healing response include a largely Ayurvedic approach to nutrition, a limited number of herbs (immune enhancers, digestive aids, anti-inflammatories, and sedatives), and techniques to quiet the mind and body: meditation, visualization, and such sensory nourishment as massage, sound therapy, and aromatherapy. Specific natural intervention programs are provided for cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. Particularly valuable are chapters that outline strategies for dealing with emotions, the meaning of illness, and feelings about and preparation for one's own death. Short case histories dot the text. The compassion and wisdom contained here will be welcomed by those on the roller coaster of cancer diagnosis and treatment. --Penny Spokes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Simon, a neurologist by training and director of the Chopra Center for Well Being, invites cancer patients to acknowledge the unity of their physical, emotional and spiritual selves in order to become more active, effective participants in their own healing. Simon begins with a refreshingly accessible discussion of the mechanics of cancer, then reviews a spectrum of healing techniques including enhanced nutrition, visualization, medication, journal writing and expressive movement. While the book's message can be applied to all forms of the disease, the mind-body relationship in breast, prostate and colon cancer is discussed in detail; one useful chapter helps readers sensibly assess experimental treatments. Though Simon cites the Indian tradition of Ayurveda as inspiration for his holistic approach, the book is devoid of jargon or agenda and is supportive of Western treatment as well as less drastic interventions. The author's reasonable, calmly intelligent voice is the book's great strength‘with his compassion for the confusion as well as the pain cancer causes, and his humility in the face of the mysteries of illness and health, Simon sounds like the family doctor most of us would love to have. While the book may be too general for readers already familiar with holistic approaches and offers little new information, it provides an excellent overview for those pushed by cancer's crisis to consider new alternatives in healing. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Simon, medical director for the Chopra Center for Well Being, has developed an excellent program that will prove valuable to many peopleDnot just those confronted with a diagnosis of cancer. He presents strategies and therapies that can assist traditional Western medicine (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation) and help improve the outcome for the patient. He presents compelling evidence concerning the connections among mind, body, and spirit and demonstrates how these connections can be used by patients, whether they recover or not, to improve the overall quality of their lives. Among the practices Simon discusses are therapeutic touch, meditation, healing sights and aromas, stress reduction, self-talk, journaling, and many others. Although geared specifically to the person who is ill, the program does not focus on the disease, and, except for some early sections dealing with terminology and definitions concerning cancer, Simon concentrates on healing techniques that could be used by anyone facing life's challenges. Expertly delivered by the author, this production is highly recommended to all libraries whose patrons want to know more about the full array of health options open to them.DKathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Deepak Chopra
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 Understanding Cancer: Through the Windows of Modern Science and the Timeless Healing Traditionsp. 7
Discovering Cancerp. 8
Looking at Cancer from a Consciousness-based Mind-Body Approachp. 10
Searching for Meaningp. 13
What Is Cancer?p. 16
Environmental Agentsp. 18
Cancer, Lifestyle, and Culturep. 18
Genes and Cancerp. 20
Cancer and Immunityp. 23
2 Eavesdropping on the Mind-Body Conversation: How Our Mind and Our Body Communicate in Health and Diseasep. 25
The Actors in the Immune Dramap. 27
Mind, Body, and Immunityp. 29
The Stress of Lifep. 32
Enlivening Our Immunityp. 34
Changing the Messagep. 35
3 Nutritional Healing: Food for Nourishment, Balance, and Joyp. 37
The Major Players--Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats, and Fiberp. 39
Eating Naturally, Eating Wiselyp. 41
Science of Life Nutritionp. 42
Making Eating Simplep. 44
Food as Medicinep. 45
Purifying and Rejuvenating Foodsp. 51
Replenishing Foodsp. 52
Conscious Eatingp. 54
Mindfulness Eatingp. 55
Assessing Nutritional Programsp. 56
Stop Driving Yourself Crazyp. 58
Listening to Our Bodiesp. 59
4 Heroic Biochemicals: The Miracle and Mythology of Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Healing Substancesp. 61
Vital Vitamins and Magnificent Mineralsp. 62
Winning Metalsp. 66
Does Nutrition Have to Be So Complicated?p. 67
Fabulous Phytochemicalsp. 68
5 The Wisdom of Herbs: Accessing Nature's Botanical Intelligencep. 71
Rational Use of Herbsp. 74
Herbs in Cancer Carep. 75
Ancient Medicines, Modern Timesp. 84
6 Contending with Cancer: Complementary Approaches for Coping with Symptoms and Side Effectsp. 86
The Modern Medical Cancer Arsenalp. 87
Coping with Chemotherapyp. 92
Pain and Sufferingp. 94
Communicating with Your Doctorp. 97
Cancer Therapy Embracing Body, Mind, and Spiritp. 98
7 Envisioning Wholeness: Meditation and Creative Visualization to Enliven Healingp. 101
Interrupting the Cyclep. 103
Slipping between the Thoughtsp. 104
Using Meditation Instrumentsp. 106
Tantric Meditationp. 107
Healing Visualizationp. 110
8 Sensual Healing: Using Sound, Touch, Sight, and Smell to Awaken Our Inner Pharmacyp. 115
Healing Harmonicsp. 117
Using Sound to Healp. 118
Therapeutic Musicp. 121
Healing Wordsp. 122
Balancing Mind and Body with Soundp. 122
Healing Touchp. 123
Enhancing Immunity, Relieving Painp. 125
Practicing Healing Touchp. 127
Healing Sightsp. 130
Healing Imagesp. 131
Healing Aromasp. 135
Using Fragrance to Face Cancerp. 138
Mind-Body Principles and Aromasp. 138
Neuroassociative Conditioningp. 140
Sensory Nourishmentp. 140
9 A Time to Every Purpose: Harmonizing with the Rhythms of Naturep. 142
The Rhythms of Naturep. 144
Getting Restp. 147
Seasonal Cyclesp. 148
Seasons, Cycles, and Cancerp. 150
The Rhythm of Lifep. 151
10 Emotional Healing: Riding the Turbulent Wave of Feelingsp. 153
The Emotions of Cancerp. 154
Processing Emotional Upsetsp. 157
Weathering the Emotional Stormsp. 162
Diving Deeperp. 166
Finding Meaning in Illnessp. 169
Envisioning the Futurep. 171
11 Healing through Expression: Deepening Insight through Drawing and Movementp. 173
Art Therapyp. 175
Drawing Your Mandalap. 176
Illustrating a Storyp. 178
Healing Movementp. 180
A Word on Journalingp. 183
Moving into Wholenessp. 184
12 The Best Medicine: Laughter as Therapyp. 186
Our Natural Statep. 189
The Science of Humorp. 189
Invoking Laughterp. 191
Laughing Meditationp. 192
Laughingp. 193
13 Weighing the Options: Assessing and Utilizing Alternative Medicinep. 195
What Is Alternative?p. 197
Asking the Questionsp. 199
Mainstream Alternativesp. 203
Responsive and Responsible Healingp. 209
14 Holistically Specific: Approaching Common Cancers from a Mind-Body Perspectivep. 211
Breast Cancer--The Shadow in the Nurturerp. 213
Prostate Cancer--Restricting the Flowp. 222
Cancer and Sexualityp. 228
Colon Cancer--The Silent Obstructorp. 230
Conscious Healingp. 235
15 The Unknown Destination: Facing Our Fear of Death by Embracing Lifep. 237
Responses to Deathp. 238
Rituals of Releasep. 247
The Next Stepp. 248
Returning to Wholenessp. 252
Postscriptp. 254
Appendix General Ayurvedic Referencesp. 255
Notesp. 257
Indexp. 269