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Dr Joe Dispenza Teaches About Power Of The Mind To Heal

Dr Joe Dispenza Teaches About Power Of The Mind To Heal

Book Review: “Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself – How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One” by Dr Joe Dispenza

Whenever I come across a really helpful book that I believe will help us in our endeavor to get healthy, I usually just add it to my “Recommended Reading” list.  Today, however, I would like to share exactly what I liked about this particular book and why I think you should read it.

Joe Dispenza, D.C. has already written one book about the power of the mind called “Evolve Your Brain”.  He has studied biochemistry, holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience and is a Doctor of Chiropractic.  He also has postgrad training in neurology, neuroscience, brain function, cellular biology, memory formation and longevity.  He’s a lecturer, an educator, a talented chiropractor, and was featured in the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know!?”

Goes Beyond the Principle of “Like Attracts Like”

If you’ve ever read “The Secret” and then tried to put the principles of “like attracts like” into action, without much success; if you’ve ever tried to change your thoughts into more positive ones thereby hoping to create a new existence for yourself but only had marginal results (or none); if you’ve ever worried that you are doomed by your genes or destined to be a certain way for the duration of your life, you’ll want to read this book. 

Dr Dispenza shares with us that changing our minds and thinking new thoughts is not enough – we also need to work on our subconscious mind because it is really running the show.  I’ve shared this with you before through the writings of Dr Bruce Lipton in his groundbreaking book “The Biology of Belief”. 

Dr Dispenza teaches us how to activate and coordinate all three sections of the brain – the frontal lobe, the limbic region, and the cerebellum – what he calls our three brains, in order to create a new reality for ourselves.  What makes this book so helpful is that he has included some very specific exercises in the book, including meditation, to help us create a new reality for ourselves (including good health).

So How Will This Book Assist in Breast Cancer?

I can hear you asking that question and there are two reasons I’m recommending this book.  The first one is that just about every one of my coaching clients and subscribers shares with me that although they don’t necessarily feel responsible for their disease, they are definitely aware that they were under a huge amount of stress in their lives prior to their diagnosis and describe all sorts of badly managed stress – sometimes it was from a relationship, sometimes from their job, sometimes it would be the kind of stress we put on ourselves to be the “perfect mother” or the “perfect partner” or the “top manager” in the company. 

The other thing is that there are a lot of people out there worried about genetics.  I can relate to that – I was too.  Because both my mother and her mother died from breast cancer I worried that if breast cancer was their genetic legacy to me, nothing I could do for myself would change that.  If that is something you worry about, you will want to learn more about a new scientific understanding called epigenetics, which tells us our genes are influenced not by DNA sequences out of our control, but by our thoughts, our emotions, our environment – things that definitely are within our control.  Dispenza states “It’s true that the external environment influences our internal environment.  However, by changing our internal state of being, can we overcome the effects of a stressful or toxic environment so that certain genes do not become activated?  We may not be able to control all the conditions in our external environment, but we certainly have a choice in controlling our inner environment.

As a breast cancer coach, I’ve long been aware that if we can gain control over our brains and reduce our stress levels, the road to healing is much shorter, and if we are not worried about genetic predisposition, there is nothing holding us back.

Our Genes Are As Changeable As Our Brains

Dispenza tells us that our genes are as changeable as our brains, that “epigenetics empowers us to think about change more profoundly“, and that this new information gives us free will to activate our own gene activity and modify our genetic destiny.   The most interesting thing he had to say about this subject: “Just by changing our thoughts, feelings, emotional reactions, and behaviors (for example, making healthier lifestyle choices with regard to nutrition and stress level), we send our cells new signals, and they express new proteins without changing the genetic blueprint.  So while the DNA code stays the same, once a cell is activated in a new way by new information, the cell can create thousands of variations of the same gene.  We can signal our genes to rewrite our future.

How empowering is that?

Dispenza warns, however, that “You can’t think one way and feel another and expect anything in your life to change.”  That’s why we encounter difficulties in trying to make these big life changes – if the subconscious mind (really running the show) isn’t on board with the changes you are trying to make, you will encounter a certain amount of resistance and inability to make the desired changes.  You have to change both your thoughts and your feelings because only then can you change your state of being and change your reality, thus your future. 

One of the most useful things about the book is that we are taught exactly how to create our own new reality – there are plenty of exercises and powerful tools in the book to help you make these changes.

Whether you are trying to break an addiction, or to have more compassion for others, or to rid yourself of a particular disease – whatever the wrong that you’re trying to right – I strongly feel this book will assist you.  For your convenience, I added the book to my Amazon shop.

If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters and e-books on the right, and/or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com).  It is my honor and my goal to help you through this so that you emerge from breast cancer feeling better than before, thriving!

Book Review – Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk With Foods You Love

http://MarnieClark.com/Breast-Cancer-Reduce-Your-Risk-With-Foods-You-LoveBook Review: “Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk With Foods You Love” by Robert Pendergrast, MD

One of my lovely subscribers sent me a book last week (thank you Jeri!) which she said I had to read.  I love that!  I learn so much from my subscribers, it’s truly a wonderful two-way flow of communication.

The book was “Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk With Foods You Love” written by Dr Robert Pendergrast, whose pediatric background didn’t stop him from having a passion for giving people hope that you CAN indeed prevent breast cancer, not only through the foods you eat, but offering many other prevention tips as well.   

I was anxious to learn whether Dr Pendergrast had uncovered anything I wasn’t already teaching via my blog articles, e-book and newsletters, but it looks like we are in complete agreement.  Although I didn’t uncover anything new in his book, I loved the passion with which he wrote it, it contains plenty of great information about diet (including soy, cruciferous vegetables, fish, flaxseed oil, healthy spices, medicinal mushrooms, berries, dark green leafy vegetables and all sorts of tea), he discusses the foods to avoid, environmental toxins, diet during treatments, and all sorts of other good things.  I loved that he also included information about mind-body medicine, spirituality, and stressed the importance of looking after both body and mind, which is my focus and passion too.

Tending Our Gardens

My favorite part of the book is towards the end.  Dr Pendergrast had a beautiful way of describing human health as a vegetable garden: “You’d like your garden to produce several different kinds of food (e.g. heart health. digestive health, mental health and feminine health), and you’d like to avoid the place being grown over by weeds (e.g. cancers) which choke out the other healthy plants.”  He says we need to start with healthy soil (e.g. nutrients for the plants), the right amount of water, avoiding chemicals, getting plenty of sunlight plus some shade to avoid overheating, having lots of plant variety (since disease is more likely to overtake a garden where only one crop is planted), planting the seeds in the garden at the right time, and trusting the wisdom of the earth to bring them up at the right time, then tending to the garden (pulling weeds, squashing pests, getting some exercise in that garden by virtue of hard work), then when the plants are ready for harvest, you get them into the kitchen and get “cookin with gratitude”!  Nice metaphors, and I will leave you to your own devices as to how to interpret them for yourself.

It’s a nice book, well written, and full of great information and I have it in my Amazon shop for your convenience.  I’ve also included it on my Recommended Reading page.

If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters and e-book on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com).  It is my honor and my goal to help you through this so that you emerge from breast cancer feeling better than before, thriving!

Book Review – Kicking Cancer In The Kitchen

http://MarnieClark.com/book-review-kicking-cancer-in-the-kitchenBook Review –  Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer by Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott

This is a great resource.  This cookbook was co-authored by two friends, Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott, both cancer survivors and holistic health coaches who adopted a “food as medicine” philosophy and began making small changes in their diets and busy lives to help their healing.

There are more than 100 recipes in the book and you are going to love them, they are all geared to helping you heal from cancer and STAY healthy.

The book has gone on to become #3 of The 25 Cookbooks of the Year for 2012 by TheDailyMeal.com.

I was very impressed with their story and their passion to help others and especially with the lovely recipes (which I can’t wait to try).  I have added the book to my Amazon shop for your convenience.

If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters and e-books on the right, and/or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com).  It is my honor and my goal to help you through this so that you emerge from breast cancer feeling better than before, thriving!