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The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson
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Aug 02, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 24 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 2

Reread this one after a decade or so. Presents meditation as a bit of a panacea, and focuses a bit too much on hypertension/cardiology (his speciality) rather than mental calmness and stress management. On the other hand, it's a dated book, and seminal in establishing Western medicine's increasing openness to the proto-psychologies religions got right long before modern medicine. I'm not well read enough in the subject, but it seems like an early example of preventative medicine over diagnose-and-medicate (he particularly drives this home regarding blood pressure medication).

Anyway, all I need now is an Andrew Weil book and a herb garden and my hippie conversion will be complete.
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Earl Lindsey Which Andrew Weil book? Any one in particular? I was looking to pick up Spontaneous Happiness.


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