A few words about book's author
More than a decade ago, DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D., founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, became the foremost pioneer in integrated medicine. His insights have redefined our definition of health to embrace body, mind, and spirit. His books, which include Quantum Healing; Perfect Health; Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, have become international bestsellers and established classics of their kind.
DAVID SIMON, M.D., a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School, is a neurologist and an expert in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system that has its roots in ancient India. His earlier books include The Wisdom of Healing, Return to Wholeness, and The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook. He is cofounder of the Chopra Center for Well Being, where he serves as its medical director.
From the Hardcover edition.
The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine. Chopras bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopras holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%. Chopras interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life. While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success). Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: Were not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, its the other way around: were spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.Good To Know
In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century. Chopras father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices. Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as playful and carefree.