This book presents hundreds of safe, practical, and effective tools and techniques to alleviate anxiety, an epidemic that affects nearly 20% of Americans. Author and seasoned physician Marcey Shapiro, MD, shares how her personal struggle with this widespread syndrome led her to discover that there is not one treatment program that works for everyone and provides a wide range of integrative methods that will help readers find real and transformative relief.
Dr. Shapiro grappled with anxiety on her own path to greater health and wholeness and observed, through her personal experience and that of treating numerous patients who suffer from the heartache and despair that anxiety causes, that finding peace involves a spiritual journey of self-awareness and self-acceptance. She has successfully helped herself and her patients bring ease and peace of mind back into their lives using a diverse assortment of complementary techniques, including dietary changes, visualizations, shifting thoughts, breathing techniques, nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy, bodywork, aromatherapy, flower essences, and acupuncture, as well as more commonplace Western techniques such as medication and therapy, when appropriate.
Offering a variety of nondogmatic, empowering tools for enhancing personal growth,
Freedom from Anxiety will help anxiety sufferers find ways, many of them free or very low cost, to achieve immediate relief as well as long term care and treatment. It can be read from cover to cover or perused for specific problems or solutions. Readers are able to take advantage of Dr. Shapiro’s vast knowledge and research as well as her engaging personal anecdotes and those from her decades of clinical practice.
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A provocative blend of personal memoir, new science, and philosophical treatise, this book presents a fresh model for healing by rethinking our relationships with one another, the natural world, our bodies, and our innermost selves. Dr. Marcey Shapiro focuses on eliminating us/them or friend/enemy dichotomies, shifting instead to a model based on enduring values of love, compassion, harmony, and peace. Throughout the book she reevaluates prevailing cultural beliefs about the causes and meaning of illness and offers a vision for a different type of societal understanding of health with a new view of the possible role of medicine in healing. Interweaving inspiring anecdotes from her experiences of the natural world, in medical training and practice, and with mystical exploration, Dr. Shapiro includes examples of medical advances that honor our interconnectedness and provides practical tools like breathing techniques, tips for self-examination, and methods for expanding awareness.
Transforming the Nature of Health traces the roots of the matter/spirit split in contemporary science and medicine, evaluating its constraints as a paradigm for us as evolving beings. Dr. Shapiro presumes that we are much more than our physical bodies and asks readers to join in cocreating a new language and new science that express the whole of our miraculous existence.
“Conventional Western medicine is akin to a battlefield. Physicians aggressively fight disease; pharmacists synthesize ever more powerful chemical weapons; patients wage war on bacteria using arsenals of alcohol sanitizers. This approach is clumsy and heavy-handed, but it does work—sometimes. When it doesn’t, a radically integrative method may be called for. In Transforming the Nature of Health, Marcey Shapiro presents her holistic, highly effective approach, which is based on a recognition of the interconnectedness of all life and the incredible healing power of loving, symbiotic relationships.”
“Throughout the pages of this brilliant and heartfelt book, Marcey Shapiro takes us on a transformative journey, giving us useful practices so we can grow and expand our perspective. She leads us on a treasure hunt as we view nature, events, and people in our physical and nonphysical realities from all directions, whether above, below, or beside us.”
“This book is truly a holistic vision of healing. Marcey Shapiro has brought together all of the pieces of the puzzle into a provocative and interesting tour of the present healthcare landscape and drawn a map for navigating toward a new future. This approach to systems thinking is not common and therefore represents a bold and significant step forward in the process of building a new world.”
“A fascinating journey to move from dis-ease to well-being, from aloneness and separation to community and oneness. Marcey Shapiro looks with new eyes at the organisms that share ‘our’ bodies, proposing a model of peace in the realm of medicine and within each of us. She advocates a different understanding of illness. It is illustrated with intriguing stories from her clinical practice, where she uses tools of conventional medicine, science, and natural approaches. It is a refreshing read that contains profound insights and a deep spiritual message. Transforming the Nature of Health is sprinkled with very practical meditations and easy-to-follow advice that will change the way you think. A must-read for anyone dealing with a body that is out of balance either physically or emotionally.”
“Marcey Shapiro articulates the perfect prescription for better health: focus on positive energy, forgiveness, and love and where appropriate utilize new technologies and therapies that harmonize with nature to restore balance in our bodies and our lives. She challenges the conventional thinking of modern medicine and invites a new perspective that will help transform health and health care.”