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You are what you say : a Harvard doctor's six-step program for transforming stress through the power of language
Budd, Matthew.
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First edition.
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New York : Crown Pub., [2000]

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x, 253 pages ; 25 cm
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BF697.5.S47 B83 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"Why are you sick?" This question, posed in compassion by his grandmother Minnie after a childhood incident plunged him into illness, stayed with Dr. Matthew Budd throughout his lifetime in medicine. As a teacher and physician at Harvard for more than thirty years, he repeatedly asked his patients this question. He found, remarkably, that it often unlocked memories, secrets, anger, resentments, and fears that had played crucial roles in their illnesses. As he encouraged them to reflect on their lives and habitual behavior, his patients often shifted from being trapped in suffering to designing a life of wellness and profound personal change for themselves, no matter what their circumstances. Their experiences led Dr. Budd to develop the Ways to Wellness program, a nationally acclaimed workshop offered by numerous HMOs. In You Are What You Say, Dr. Budd presents the principles of this powerful, scientifically validated program that weaves ancient and modern insights into human behavior, neurophysiology, language, and spirituality. One of these fundamental principles is that you are what you say -- your words play a major role in determining, not just reflecting, your health and well-being. He explains how the body "learns" many of its reactions, consciously and unconsciously, through language. By following the principles in this book, you'll learn about the Ten Linguistic Viruses that damage health and how to combat the ravages of anger, perfectionism, depression, and anxiety by changing the script of what you say to yourself and to others. Tests at the beginning of the book will help you assess how your own thoughts and feelings are affecting your health. Each chapter introduces a key principle of Dr. Budd's program, followed by tested, easy-to-follow exercises to help you absorb the lesson and apply it to your unique situation. Examples from Dr. Budd's personal life and medical practice and from his workshop participants will help you overcome common stumbling blocks. Tests at the end will help you determine how much change you've experienced through engaging in the book's lessons. Dr. Budd's program has brought many patients relief from chronic stress-related conditions -- such as headaches, jaw and neck pain, insomnia, stomach and bowel problems, lack of energy, and high blood pressure -- as well as measurable improvement in anxiety and depression. It can help free you to engage life more fully and direct yourself toward vibrant good health.

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Library Journal Review

Budd, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, wrote this self-help book in an attempt to capture in print his six-week program for transforming stress into resilience and vitality. Each chapter expounds upon various effects of stress on health and how to change the habits of mind that lead to poor stress management. This book is intended to function as a workbook, and each chapter is followed by a series of exercises meant to drive home the chapter's lessons. Budd's underlying premise that our moods shape our physical and emotional health is widely accepted. Unfortunately, the tone of the book is reminiscent of infomercials, the exercises are somewhat condescending to the reader, and there is nothing new or innovative about this program. While there are some useful bits of advice buried in the text, overall it is a rehashing of countless other stress-control booksDsome of which probably can already be found on the shelves of most public libraries. Not recommended unless requested.DStacey Hathaway-Bell, State Lib. of Louisiana, Baton Rouge (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.