Reissue of the classic bestseller SPONTANEOUS HEALING - the essential book for everyone who wishes to lead a healthy life.
Andrew Weil is the author of serveral books on health-related subjects, including the bestseller 8 WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, also reissued by Sphere.
Arizona doctor Weil leads the movement to combine alternative forms of medicine with standard treatment.
'Warning: this man can seriously affect your health. For the better' - Guardian 'There is no lecturing or preaching: his aim is simply to show how easy it is to change your lifestyle and boost your body's own healing system' - The Sunday Times 'Full of common sense . . . ' - Daily Express 'His advice is pragmatic, sensible and positive. His central concept is that our body has a healing system: learn how to use it' - Evening Standard 'An inspiring book, written with engaging passion' - New Scientist
As others argue the politics of health care, Weil (Health and Healing) turns away from the usual practice of Western medicine, which is focused on alleviating symptoms rather than strengthening internal mechanisms of health, to closely consider the nature of the healing process. ``At every level of biological organization, from DNA up,'' he writes, the ``mechanics of self-diagnosis, self-repair and regeneration exist in us.'' To buttress his point, he cites such evidence as the placebo effect, inexplicable remissions and the commonplace repair of wounds, often marginalized by the medical community. In an effort to make the process of healing seem less obscure, Weil reports a wide range of dramatic case histories. Other sections detail various means, e.g., diet and breathing exercises, available for optimizing one's healing system, and suggestions for approaches to illnesses. Also included are an ``Eight Week Program for Optimal Healing Power'' and a guide to finding practitioners, supplies and information. (May)