Authors Rhoades and McDonald’s useful handbook offers actionable concepts, based on well-researched methods, as tools for improved health.
Rather than offer a new, gimmicky plan, the authors provide solid steps toward affecting positive personal change. Rhoades and McDonald first point to scientific approaches, such as the scientific method, placebo effect, and probability. They suggest that by using the scientific method of testing a hypothesis, a person can arrive at a conclusion that subverts the normal human tendency to face a setback and give up. Next, the guide delves into the connection between mental and physical health. Citing ample research in endnotes, the book presents a fresh perspective on self-empowerment that circumnavigates the world of prescriptions, quick fixes, and gimmicks. For example, the guide explores the way strong emotions can play a factor in creating irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. The book also suggests forms of biofeedback practices, from meditation to relaxation exercises, to help readers discover the links between their systems of beliefs and their systems of bodily processes. Anyone who has ever started a new job, traveled to a foreign country, or encountered a similarly exciting yet stressful situation will notice physical changes like stomach discomfort, headache, or anxiety. The authors explain how to manage stress before it negatively affects mental and physical health and point to examples like Tibetan monks, who ”override” physical discomforts by changing their mindset. The book closes with home remedies for common ailments, such as peppermint, ginger, and salt—all shown to have healing properties. In sum, the book presents an unconventional, appealing approach to solving “problems” of busy 21st-century lifestyles, offering readers an actionable way to connect the mental, physical, and spiritual states and thrive.
A standout, approachable self-improvement guide that emphasizes mental, spiritual, and physical integration.