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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (27 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848500238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848500235
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a PhD in Chemistry and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 4 years, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. During that time I was also an athletics coach and athletics team manager with one of the UK's largest athletics clubs. During my time in the pharmaceutical industry I had a fascination for the placebo effect and began to study the links between the mind and body, which ultimately culminated in me leaving the industry. Shortly afterwards, a few friends and I co-founded the international relief charity, Spirit Aid Foundation, and I served as a director for 2 years. After then I began writing my first book. During this writing time I worked as a college lecturer in chemistry and tutored chemistry in the adult education department of Glasgow University. I am now the author of several books published by Hay House, and spend most of my time giving talks, leading workshops, and writing more books.

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David Hamilton has the unique gift of combining spirituality and science in a simple but powerful way. Everyone must read his work!

(Suzy Greaves Health & Fitness Magazine)

...very convincing... (Red Magazine)

One impressive speaker ... I came away from the course more upbeat than I've felt in years. (Red Magazine 2009-08-01)

David Hamilton is an expert on how our thoughts and minds can physically change our bodies. (Daily Express)

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Dr David R. Hamilton gained a PhD in organic chemistry in 1995 before going on to be a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. Fascinated by the results of drugs trials in which placebo recipients responded as well as participants who trialed the real drug, he began to research the mind-body connection. This research eventually led him to leave his job and become a motivational speaker. He appears regularly in the media.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body by David Hamilton, Hay House, London, 2008, 320 ff

The power of mind over body
By Howard Jones

With this book David Hamilton returns to the theme of his first book, It's the Thought That Counts, but here the material is presented as a practical guide to how people can use the mind-body relation to heal themselves, a technique known as visualisation. It covers much the same ground as Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. The work is the product of the experience that Hamilton has gained from public responses at his talks and workshops. Dr Hamilton qualified originally as an organic chemist and medical chemist and then went to work for a pharmaceutical company for four years. At the end of that time he left to become a freelance writer and lecturer. His focus on the mind's ability to heal the body derives from the effectiveness he observed of placebo treatments in drug trials during his pharmaceutical career.

The range of illnesses that can be treated to a large extent by visualisation is great and includes many potentially life-threatening conditions. I am glad to see that Hamilton adds cautiously that `improvements can be made' in debilitating conditions after claiming that `almost any illness can be healed using the mind'. This is a huge claim and tantamount to the Christian Science philosophy that we do not need the surgical techniques and drugs of modern medicine - a claim that I suspect few would agree with. On the other hand, complementary medicine and the principles of visualisation have a great deal to offer in reducing our dependence on allopathic medicine with its all-too-frequent and unpleasant side-effects.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Malloy on 27 Nov. 2008
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How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body expertly combines scientific research, real stories and practical advice in three distinct parts. The book identifies an increasing number of scientific studies being carried out around the world that prove the mind/body connection, so easily dismissed by western medicine and those willing to pop a cure-all pill or take a shot. However, the culmination of 20-30 or more years of research now firmly suggests that we have a much more important role to play in our own health and healing than we have ever before believed. David demystifies the role our thoughts and beliefs play in creating wellness and recovery from illness by presenting clear interpretations of the process and results of the research. This book also offers amazing and often humbling true life stories from people who have taken an active role in their own healing using visualisation and affirmation techniques. And for the practically minded or those willing to take responsibility for their own wellbeing, there is a large section with suggested visualisations covering many modern illnesses and afflictions (even ageing!)

In this book David easily guides both the newcomer to self-healing and the seasoned traveller with his clear analysis of science and understanding of the human mind. This book is for anyone willing to consider that there is more that can be done for their health than what their doctor tells them.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Mason on 1 April 2009
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This is a book that should be left in doctors waiting rooms in mass!!!

Everyone should read this book. I would love to travel to one of David's weekend retreats and I hope that he reaches out via other media sources soon.

I now visulise every day, and have seen vast improvements in my health. I also listen to Louise Hay's work often(this book is published by Hay House), which helps me to continue to have positive and loving thoughts and the effects it has had on my life are outstanding. It should be taught at schools!!!

This book is so very inspiring. There are true stories of people that have used the very simple techniques and changed the way they think to heal the most challenging illness and succeeded. There are even rare diseases mentioned such as Myasthenia, which I was shocked to see but also very pleased and inspired by, as I am recovering from this myself and I now know that I have the tools to do so within myself.

I do not beleive in popping pills and detest doctors. Therefore I found it most interesting to read a book that agrees with me and that it was written by someone that has spent the majority of their life working in the horrid pharmecutecal business. To down a chemical drug that only dampens, masks and creates further problems, is effectively screaming "shut up" to your body! You can cause no harm whatsoever by using visulisation and positive thinking and you will be amazed at what it brings into your life.

Do not hesitate - BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! It will change your life for the better...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2010
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Juvenal once said, "Sit mens sana in corpore sano." That should be the byline for this book.

It is a fascinating read for people who would like to take more control over their health. It all makes surprisingly good sense, even to me - a confirmed sceptic.

David Hamilton does not suggest for a moment that it replaces conventional medicine, far from it. What he does show is how a positive attitude can help assist the body, and a negative attitude can hinder it.

He collates recent scientific investigations and shows how they are consistent with well established scientific links between health in the mind and health in the body. He also recounts real cases and shows real methods to help with maintaining health or speeding up cures.

Think of how in sport one trains the pro-prioceptive reflexes, (balance, twitch reactions, ball skills, etc) by practice and careful observation of results, oneself and good examples. Now he is showing us how this can be extended to our inner health as well.

He discusses the well known placebo effect in great detail, and shows the probable mechanism by which it works. I found it amazing when he pointed out how it can be used to support standard medication and in some cases, once the patient's body knows how to perform with that medication, the body can sometimes respond to a placebo as if it were the genuine medicine.

He also shows how an adverse reaction can be produced by a negative influence. While he did not say it, I vividly remembered my own experiences in Africa where the local witchdoctor could bring a victim to death's door, purely by letting the victim know he had been cursed. We had to effectively bail out an African friend by buying off the witchdoctor.
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