The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life (Hardcover)
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After collaborating on two major books featured as PBS specials, Super Brain and Super Genes, Chopra and Tanzi now tackle the issue of lifelong health and heightened immunity.
We are in the midst of a new revolution.
For over twenty-five years Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. have revolutionized medicine and how we understand our minds and our bodies—Chopra, the leading expert in the field of integrative medicine; Tanzi, the pioneering neuroscientist and discoverer of genes that cause Alzheimer's Disease. After reaching millions of people around the world through their collaborations on the hugely successful Super Brain and Super Genes books and public television programs, the New York Times bestselling authors now present a groundbreaking, landmark work on the supreme importance of our immune system in relation to our lifelong health.
In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process, the significance of achieving optimum health has never been more crucial—and the burden to achieve it now rests on individuals making the right lifestyle choices every day.
That means you. You—not doctors, not pharmaceutical companies—are ultimately responsible for your own health.
Chopra and Tanzi want to help readers make the best decisions possible when it comes to creating a holistic and transformative health plan for life. In The Healing Self they not only push the boundaries of the intellect to bring readers the newest research and insights on the mind-body, mind-gene, and mind-immunity connections, but they offer a cutting-edge, seven-day action plan, which outlines the key tools everyone needs to develop their own effective and personalized path to self-healing.
In addition, The Healing Self closely examines how we can best manage chronic stress and inflammation, which are immerging as the primary detriments of well-being. Moreover, Chopra and Tanzi turn their attention to a host of chronic disorders such as hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease, known to take years and sometimes decades to develop before the first symptoms appear. Contemporary medical systems aren’t set to attend to prolonged low-grade chronic inflammation or the everyday infections and stresses that take their toll on the body and can lead to disease, aging, and death. Thus, learning the secrets of self-healing is not only urgent but mandatory for optimum health. The Healing Self then is a call to action, a proven, strategic program that will arm readers with the information they need to protect themselves and achieve lifelong wellness.
There is a new revolution occurring in health today. That revolution is you.
About the Author
DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, is a world renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and cofounder of Jiyo.com and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "One of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Executive Management at Northwestern, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University and Professor of Consciousness Studies at Sofia University. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked “Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine.” In conjunction with his medical achievements, he is recognized as a prolific author of more than 85 books translated into over forty-three languages, with twenty-five New York Times Bestsellers including You Are the Universe (February 2017, Harmony).
DR. RUDOLPH E. TANZI, Ph.D., a New York Times bestselling author, is Professor of Neurology and holder of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Neurology at Harvard University. He serves as the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tanzi is a pioneer in studies aimed at identifying genes for neurological disease. He co-discovered all three genes that cause early-onset familial Alzheimer's Disease (AD), including the first AD gene, and currently spearheads the Alzheimer's Genome Project. He is also developing new therapies for treating and preventing AD based on his genetic discoveries. Dr. Tanzi was named to TIME magazine's TIME 100 Most Influential People" for 2015, and to the list of Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni. He has also received the highly prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for his pioneering studies of Alzheimer's disease. He has professionally played keyboards with Joe Perry and Aerosmith, and is the host of Super Brain on public television.
Praise for The Healing Self
“The Healing Self is a quantum leap forward in the integration of science, medicine, wisdom and health. As Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi powerfully show, our first line of healing lies inside us, and the choices we make today are crucial to lifelong wellness.” –Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global
"The Healing Self, as revealed by Chopra and Tanzi, is a natural extension of the immunity and inflammation that can be managed by the concrete approach of these seasoned authors." –Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor of Surgery, NYP-Columbia University
“Stress unequivocally affects the immune system and susceptibility to diseases. In The Healing Self, Chopra and Tanzi provide both a holistic and scientific perspective to understand this complex relationship and promote health.” –Eric J. Topol, MD, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research Institute and author of The Patient Will See You Now
“Perhaps the major medical breakthrough of our time is the discovery that most, if not all, chronic disorders begin years earlier than the first symptoms. We've learned that about Alzheimer's — that it's 20 years in the making. The Healing Self reminds us how important it is that we care for our brains and our bodies at the earliest stage possible.” –Maria Shriver, journalist and founder, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
“Most chronic disorders begin years earlier than the first symptoms. The Healing Self is a great resource in showing readers how to use this knowledge for enhancing immunity, slowing the aging process, and going beyond conventional prevention.” –Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder & President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF and author of The Spectrum
“As an academic dean and steward of population health, I understand the damaging effect of prolonged stress and inflammation on overall well-being. Research has shown us that many chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease – can be greatly improved or even prevented through behavioral interventions. Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi’s book The Healing Self provides a potential blueprint for lasting behavioral change through diet, exercise, rest, and positive human connection. This book has the power to enhance individual health and impact many of today’s public health challenges.” –Bess H. Marcus, PhD, Professor of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Dean of Brown University School of Public Health
“In this landmark book, Drs. Chopra and Tanzi show us that true healing begins with self-healing, a journey of recognizing and nurturing the healing self and the acceptance of our 'dual role' as both the healer and the healed. The healing self is our very own nature, that intelligence which creates, nurtures and sustains all life as we know it.” –Paul Mills, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Chief of University of California, San Diego, Behavioral Medicine Division
“Deepak Chopra and Rudy Tanzi once again effectively harness their scientific training and passionate commitment to advancing well-being in this accessible, life-changing compendium of cutting-edge tools that will extend your health span and improve your sense of meaning, connection, and flourishing. As inspiring as it is informative, The Healing Self shows us how to use our minds to open our awareness and create daily routines to improve our physical and mental health. Bravo to our guides and to you for taking these practical steps toward healing in your life!” –Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human and Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence
“The body has an extraordinary healing system. Yet most of us do not know how to activate that system to create vibrant health and prevent disease. Drs. Chopra and Tanzi map out a comprehensive strategy to turn on that healing system and engage your immune system in the healing response. In The Healing Self you will find a practical set of tools informed by the latest science for lifelong health and healing. This book has the power to change your health forever.” –Mark Hyman, MD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin
“The wellness movement takes a quantum leap thanks to The Healing Self. It explains how the choices we make today, including choices such as diet and stress relief that affect our microbiomes and immune system, are crucial to lifelong health. No one explains this better and in greater depth than Chopra and Tanzi. Their combination of medicine and wisdom is unique.” –Rob Knight, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego and author of Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System and Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes
“With clarity and eloquence, Drs. Chopra and Tanzi masterfully marshal the latest scientific evidence demonstrating that the root cause of many illnesses and disease is chronic stress and inflammation. More importantly, The Healing Self gives us a clear and concise roadmap that allows us to use this information to heal ourselves and stay healthy for life.” –James R. Doty, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart