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Relaxation Revolution: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind-Body Healingby Herbert Benson
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More than three decades ago, Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School proposed a theory in his multimillion-copy bestseller The Relaxation Response, which stated that by calming the mind, one could calm the body and alleviate stress, pain, and illness. Recent landmark research from the genome project has proven Benson's theory: using the mind to quiet the body not only eases stress, it actually alters the activity of thousands of genes, promoting wellness. In short, science now proves that relaxation not only changes how a patient feels physically and emotionally, it has the power to transform genes, molecules, cells, and other physiological functions to relieve a variety of afflictions, from high blood pressure to chronic joint pain.
Using clear, straightforward language, Benson takes listeners through specific symptoms, illnesses, and treatments, and advises when and how to put the relaxation response into practice. From anxiety and depression to Parkinson's disease and menopause, all can be alleviated through his methods for overcoming stress. Say goodbye to costly visits to the doctor, side effects of drugs, and needless surgery, and tap into a power you already possess—the power of your own mind.
Dr. Herbert Benson explains the latest groundbreaking scientific developments that prove his theory first introduced in 1975—that simple relaxation techniques have immense physical benefits, eliminating the need for up to 90 percent of all doctor's visits.
About the Author
Herbert Benson, M.D., is the founding president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute and the Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A pioneer in mind/body medicine, he defined the relaxation response and continues to lead teaching and research into its efficacy in counteracting the harmful effects of stress. His book The Relaxation Response was a bestseller. William Proctor, J.D., is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has written or cowritten more than eighty books in such fields as health and fitness, business and investments, religion, motivation, and education, including Pain Free for Life, The Breakout Principle, and The G-Index Diet. Gerry Gartenberg brings more than ten years' broadcasting experience as a national award-winning TV consumer and health reporter to his work as a narrator. He was chosen by Elie Wiesel to record a new translation of the author's bestselling holocaust memoir Night. His other audiobooks include Zen Inklings and The Zen Eye, both collections of stories, fables, parables, sermons, and lectures from the world of Zen. Among Gerry's recent documentary work is the History Channel's Naked Underground series. Other recent work includes promotional spots for PBS, Time Warner Cable, the Learning Channel, Home and Garden Television, and the Golf Channel. Gerry has a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He studied voice and speech for five years with Mary Warren, a voice trainer to many Broadway and television stars. He resides in White Plains, New York.
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