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Spontaneous Healing

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,923 ratings  ·  97 reviews
s/t: How to Discover and Embrace Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself
As others argue the politics of health care, Weil 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 biologica
Hardcover, 1st, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 1995 by Alfred A. Knopf (NY) (first published 1995)
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"Spontaneous healing" is described by Dr. weil as "the inate, intrinsic nature of the healing process." In his view, healing and good health is not so much a matter or external factors or treatments as much as a conjuring of one's own natural abilities. Dr. Weil is considered a practicioner of "alternative" medicine. Nonetheless, Spontaneous Healing is a fair and balanced read. Dr. Weil never suggests that conventional medicine be abandoned entirely. Rather, he convincingly points out the shortc ...more
Mar 27, 2012 GlobeRunner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want hope and guidance after being told to give up by the medical profession.
I really liked the first part of this book - both because it was inspirational (giving examples of spontaneous healing) and because it was in agreement with my own experiences (of the often unfounded medical pessimism, for example). Other good sections of the book were those on activity and rest, where practical exercises were described, and the afterword, where the author suggests a model of reform for medical education. The nutritional advice, on the other hand, was much less convincing: the a ...more
Mark another one under the label 'Books not worth finishing'. In order to give full disclosure I should probably point out that I have spent some time with Dr. Weil personally and actually like him quite a bit. He's an interesting, likable man who has some progressive ideas about health care. I should probably also point out that I am in the medical profession myself.

I first met Dr. Weil while doing my undergrad in Complementary and Alternative Health at his rival school ASU. Although I found h
Rob Savidge
The general idea is that through nutrition, exercise, supplements, or other healthy lifestyle change, we can give our bodies the ability to heal themselves, spontaneously. Every person's body has a different trigger, or set of triggers. He provides stories of people's own bodies curing many auto-immune disorders and cancers. It makes sense really - cancers go into remission because of a body's responses, not necessarily because of medicine. Remission shows that a body can heal cancer if given op ...more
I read this book when I was thinking about going to medical school. It is easy to read and has many stories. The personification of a doctor, Dr. Weil, shares some natural healing techniques not discribed in the mainstream. It really motivated me to be a doctor. Ofcourse, after volunteer in clinic and working in a hospital, I got a completely different view. Mainstream doctors are not healers but glorified technicians.
I read this after the 8 Weeks book. This was written first, and there is a summary of the 8 Weeks book in chapter 2. This is a great resource, with lots of details on alternative medicine and an emphasis on keeping oneself healthy enough to fight off most illness.
Excellent book and Excellent reminder of what we ALL have going for us already - our body's ability to heal itself from all manner of ailments. Ever scrape your knee or bruise your shin? Likely as not, your body 'healed' itself, no medical intervention necessary. Plagued by chronic ailments that western medicine just can't resolve? Or severe diseases for which western doctors can offer you nothing further? Read this book. Look at your own attitudes about medicine and healing - do you always run ...more
A very interesting read about the body's natural ability to heal itself, or "spontaneous healing". In the first part of the book, Dr. Weil talks about his attempts to search out healers around the world because of his interest in alternative healing therapies. His search ended in disappointments and the conclusion that the answers were closer than he realized.

The first part of the book is filled with short summaries of numerous real life patient examples of spontaneous healing. The second part
This is a short, but very interesting, book about Dr. Weil's views on the mind-body-spirit connection. The basic theme is that the body has a natural power to heal itself and that we in modern society--Americans in particular--need to honor that power more. The book is somewhat repetitive of Dr. Weil's many other books in that he gives specific advice about healthy diets, foods to embrace and those to avoid, specific amounts of vitamin and mineral supplements he recommends, the importance of reg ...more
كتاب رائع وممتع
كفيل بهز ثقتك في الطب الحديث

كان السؤال الذي طرحه في البدايه مشجعا ومحفزا للقراءة الى النهايه
ماهو الشفاء وهل هو حكر على الطب التقليدي الحديث وما هي بدائله وهل هي جيده ؟

رحلة بحث طويله خاضها المؤلف وتنقل فيها لأنحاء كثيره من العالم , بعد ان تخرج من كلية الطب , التي لم تجب عن اسئلته وكانت تعلمه الامراض وليس الصحه كما تمنى

كتابه على 3 اجزاء
نظرية جهاز الشفاء وقدرته على مقاومة المرض بدون تدخل او بتدخل محفز فقط , لخصها في الجزء الاول من الكتاب مع البراهين والادله والتجارب التي عايش ا
Listen long enough and a quack will explain how he works. This book is a placebo for the mind, summed up by this excerpt:

"Belief in the healing power of some person, place, or thing can also be a key to success. This is in the realm of placebo responses and miracle shrines. We do not seem to be able to will healing responses to occur, because our will does not connect directly to the autonomic nervous system and other controlling mechanisms of the healing system. Yet we can circumvent that obsta
Diana Bogan
"Imagine a future world in which medicine was oriented toward healing rather than disease, where doctors believed in the natural healing capacity of human beings and emphasized prevention above treatment. " Dr. Weil writes this in the afterward of the 1995 copyright edition of the book I read. How disheartening that more than 15 years into the future we still have not realized this vision.

I received my copy of this book when it first came out and was atop the bestselling lists. And it sat on my
Eveline Chao
I idly started reading this at a thrift store but then wound up getting pulled in because it turns out that the writing is actually really good. But it's definitely embarrassing to admit that I'm reading "that guy with the big beard?!!" as my friend Ann put it.

The book is structured interestingly - blend of the author's own exepriences wandering through the Amazon, seeing an osteopath, etc. + case studies of various people (along the lines of "Mary had been healthy for years but one day woke up
Harry Brake
The introduction of amazing diets, herbs and supplements, all natural, that I was not even aware of, as del as just common sense to living a healthier lifestyle is just part of why this text written by Andrew Weil, MD brings to a reader. In addition, the point made that actually healing should be in the form of boosting immunity and health and not the way medicine is now, dealing with the illness directly. Instead of taking the approach to deal with the illness, and focusing on dealing with boos ...more
Randall Secrest
Fortunate to have met Andrew Weil and truly understand the phenomenal plethora of knowledge he possesses and having a spiritual grasp of his botanical training and long-standing interest in medicinal plants and his works as an advisor to several groups promoting research on herbal medicine, one of which is the American Botanical Council in Austin, Texas, in a small manner connects me to this eternal soul. Dr. Weil is indeed a rare soul to pass through this myopic civilization, Weil is a unique h ...more
Dottie Parish
The thesis of the book is that the medical profession only concerns itself with disease. Medical schools teach nothing about prevention or about the ability for the body to heal itself. It's not against medical care but tells many ways we can encourage our body’s immune systems to help us heal. The author is a Harvard Medical school graduate. He has one chapter near the end of the book titled Cancer as a Special Case. Throughout the book he mentions the pessimistic stance of many doctors who pre ...more
Ingrid Exner
I've had this book on my bookshelf for a number of years and recently went back to for some references both for the support group and book. I remembered first reading this a little over 15 years ago. I loved re-reading it again. I admit, I forgot some of the information and I undoubtedly would be healthier if I had remembered and actually applied a lot of the information shared in this book. The best sections: The Faces of Healing, information about the inportance of breathing (Mind and Spirit s ...more
I thought parts of this were entertaining, such as his travels, medical journey, and anecdotal evidence, but other parts dragged on. I like the concept, but it could be a little outdated to be reading almost 20 years after its publication because of the medical statistics and advancements since then.
Kimberly Laura Malone
Written in 1995 many of Dr. Weil's observations and speculative thoughts have proven true in both documented and anecdotal cases since he penned these words. I myself suffered so many ailments and diagnosed illness from childhood through young adulthood his words on how the body is striving in it's own way and in it's own time to bring about a state of vibrant health rang deeply true. I have seen my own body take care of me as soon as I got out of the way both emotionally and physically and let ...more
Evan Snyder
Jul 21, 2012 Evan Snyder rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: med students, pre-meds
Recommended to Evan by: Eat and Run by Scott Jurek
Shelves: health-fitness
Excellent introduction and high level guide to unconventional types of therapy and how to enable your body's natural healing mechanisms. Weil gives very practical advice on how to protect and bolster your healing capabilities through lifestyle habits. I particularly appreciate his balanced presentation of different views of medicine and frankness about where science is inconclusive about the relationship between bodily biochemical reactions and engaging healing responses. His case studies make a ...more
Therese Gilardi
okay this book would have been terrific if it hadn't included the doomsday chapter on cancer. i'm going to guess that a lot of people who buy this have some familiarity with the disease and are in search of ways to heal themselves. although the author claims people are not responsible for their condition (kudos for not blaming the victim) he goes on to say that once the immune system's failed the barn door can never be closed again. i like alternative ways of looking at health and nutrition but ...more
Ivan Figueroa-Otero
A mind opener on the probability of healing for anything.
Although a bit dated at this point and containing some material that is a bit too mystical for my taste, I think that Dr. Weil makes some very good points. He points out many flaws in the western medical system in a logical and well-reasoned way while providing a sound basis for an alternative approach. If nothing else, he makes you want to believe that there are other ways of fighting disease without relying on pills, and makes one hopeful that positive results are possible. And that, as he say ...more
After trying to find someone with a balanced view on health issues this book was like a breath of fresh air. Dr. Weil seemed very balanced in his views between alternative health care and modern medicine. His views on the patient being the expert when it comes to their condition and their ablity to influence their own healing power through diet, exercise, lifestyle choices, and supplements really made sense to me. I plan on buying this book to have as a reference and am hoping to implement his e ...more
Sheri Velarde
This book was much better than the previous book I read by Dr Weil, much more uplifting and encouraging for someone looking to help get body deal with cancer. This book did provide me with hope and the reassurance that I am on the right path. Some very practical advice on a healthy diet, exercise, spiritual growth and clearing out toxins, including toxic people. Also some tonics I might try to aid my immune system. A simple book that is meant to gently guide you to better health that can optimiz ...more
I learned a lot of great basics about herbal and alternative medicine from this book.
Very interesting book on benefits of alternative medicine. The doctor says not to rely on traditional Western medicine anytime they don't know exactly the remedy, e.g., autoimmune, allergies, etcetera. Stress is the primary cause of back pain and can be remedied by breathing exercises and visualization. Also recommended - Healing Back Pain_ by John Sarno, astragalus and maitake for depressed immune systems, and Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) for mole removal. Well written, good advise!
Dr. Weil has very sensible approaches. Also, unlike several "trendy" books written by practitioners with no credentials (not necessarily bad info, but it varies so widely), Dr. Weil is a medical doctor who supports preventative/alternative medicine. He calls the combination of Western medicine & "alternative" medicine - integrative or complementary medicine. It's so refreshing to be exposed to medicinal info that does not dismiss one kind of medical care or the other.
I've seen Weil's creepy Santa face on the cover of books my whole life, but I've never read one until now. I was fascinated by his patients' true stories of spontaneous healing. I have to assume that they are pretty rare cases even though I'm all for natural medicine. Although he doesn't go into any subject with much depth, his brief overviews of types of holistic practices got me interested in seeking out more information about Osteopathy. Craniosacral therapy anyone??
Lisa Shultz
Nov 22, 2014 Lisa Shultz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in health
Recommended to Lisa by: Ed Foreman
I really found value in this book. It confirmed what I have experienced and I hope that many people will read it and find health and healing in their lives as a result.
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