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Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon…

Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western…

by Mehmet Oz

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Mehmet Oz is a Renaissance man of cardiac care, combining yoga, aromatherapy, hypnosis, energy healing, music therapy, acupuncture, and visual imagery into his surgery practice at the Complementary Care Unit of New York City's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He's adamant that the relationship between traditional and alternative medicine should be symbiotic, not mutually exclusive. His patients are proof of this: when treated holistically, not as just "another transplant patient" with a plaque-addled heart, they perceive less pain during surgery and recuperation, are less likely to suffer depression, and heal more quickly.

While med school at the University of Pennsylvania didn't expose Oz to the holistic healing methods he employs today, his upbringing in Turkey and exposure to cultures worldwide did leave him open to new ideas. Oz helped develop the LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, which helps the heart of a patient awaiting a transplant keep pumping. Piqued when he was asked about his patients, "But has restoring their hearts restored their health?"--and he had to respond, "No"--Oz started incorporating one alternative method after another into his practice. He started with massage after seeing how it rejuvenated his wife after childbirth.

Healing from the Heart is not for the weak of stomach; Oz occasionally gets graphic, such as in the opening heart-transplant scene: "I finished closing the last tiny bleeder, then called for the electric saw, which was plugged in and handed to me by its metallic handle ... the saw cut through the bone like soft pine." If there's anything that might inspire you to pass up greasy French fries, this book is it. Current cardiac patients and their families will be enthralled by the tale of Oz's holistic revolution and his patient-success stories, and other health practitioners would do well to pay attention to what he advocates. --Erica Jorgensen

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Healing from the Heart combines the best of cutting-edge Western medicine with ancient methods of self-healing. Dr. Oz opens the door to an all-encompassing holistic approach to healing that comes from the heart. According to Dr. Oz, the mysteries of this remarkably complex organ extend far beyond the physical. It is the direct link to our emotions, our psychological makeup, and our spirituality, all of which have a profound effect on our natural powers of healing.In this authoritative book Dr. Oz shows how we can help heal ourselves by offering breakthrough insights on the benefits of hypnosis, visual imagery, music, yoga, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture, Chinese chi-gong, touch therapies, prayer, and vitamin and dietary supplements. He reveals how, with these complementary treatments to traditional Western medicine, we can transform pre-surgery fear and post-surgical depression into relaxed, positive thinking that nurtures the spirit and actually helps to heal the heart.… (more)

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