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Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy Paperback – 1 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New edition edition (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009185704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091857042
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dr. Dean Ornish, who was the first to prove the reversal of heart disease by changing lifestyle, now turns his attention to the heart in a more profound sense and identifies love and intimacy as the most powerful healing forces that exist. I could not agree more. This book is filled with sparkling insights and practical wisdom about protecting health and enhancing wellness by attending the nourishment of our real hearts."-- Andrew Weil""Love & Survival"is an emotionally intelligent guide to good health and well-being. Everyone should read it."-- Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., author of "Emotional Intelligence" and science correspondent to the "New York Times"intelligence"Relationships bring freedom and joy. In"Love & Survival, " Dr. Dean Ornish powerfully demonstrates that intimacy also can heal. I am thrilled about this book!"-- John Gray, Ph.D., author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus""Revolutionary results....Dr. Ornish's work could change the lives of millions."--"Newsweek" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Medical Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy

We all know that intimacy improves the quality of our lives. Yet most people don't realize how much it can increase the quality of our lives-- our survival.

In this New York Times world-renowned physician Dean Ornish, M.D., writes, "I am not aware of any other factor in medicine that has a greater impact on our survival than the healing power of love and intimacy. Not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery."

He reveals that the real epidemic in modern culture is not only physical heart disease but also what he calls spiritual heart disease: loneliness, isolation, alienation, and depression. He shows how the very defenses that we think protect us from emotional pain are often the same ones that actually heighten our pain and threaten our survival. Dr. Ornish outlines eight pathways to intimacy and healing that have made a profound difference in his life and in the life of millions of others in turning sadness into happiness, suffering into joy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the biggest chapters in this book summarizes the studies showing how closeness to other people is good for your health. Ornish runs a clinic for people who have had a heart attack. And his clinic was the first to show that heart disease can actually be reversed. Doctors used to believe, up until very recently, that you can't reverse heart disease. You may be able to slow it down a little, but once your arteries were clogged, it was gospel that you couldn't unclog them. Ornish showed that you can. They use diet and exercise and...teaching people how to become closer to the people they love. And that increased closeness is a big part of the patient's improvement in health.
These men (usually) have a heart attack and their doctor tells them they don't have long to live. They're scared, of course. They come to Ornish's clinic and he tells them they need to learn to be close to people or they're going to die! For the first time in their lives, these men become interested in relationships!
I read Love and Survival right after reading the book, Brain Sex, where I discovered that men aren't naturally as interested in relationships as women. Even two- or three-day old babies show this difference. A female baby will look much longer at a human face than at an object. A baby boy is equally interested in objects and people. Extend that interest out over a lifetime and you have women whose lives are relationship-centered and men who don't have time for relationships because they're busy with other things. Then I read in Ornish's book what it takes for men to finally become interested in getting closer to people: The threat of death! So they get interested, and they improve their relationships, and they learn how to become close to people.
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By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2001
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i found this book a lot better and more practical than i had expected. this is not just anothre airy fairy get happy book, he is very convincing in his approach. it is very hard for people to recongnise that all this busy craving is about our sense of alienation. i would recommend this book particulary to somebody who might be thinking about whether they want to have therapy. In many ways this is comprable to the road less travelled which I thought was seminal.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2004
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I had read Dr. Ornish's books about diet and health, and found them to be very helpful. Then, I read this one. This is by far the most important book that he has written, because how we handle our relationships with others is more important to our health than even what we eat and how we exercise.
A little of this information was familiar to me from reading the New York Times Science section, but most of it was not. Clearly the biggest disease of our modern culture is our estrangement from each other. For most of history, we lived with others in small, intimate groups. Now that the population is much larger, we live in large groups with no close relationships. Even our families are losing that intimacy. This book puts the priorities back where they should be. Having close relationships with others comes first.
This book is a blessing to us all. Thank you, Dr. Ornish!
This book would be a great gift to everyone you care about on their birthday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intimacy and physical health 13 Nov. 2012
By Joyce - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Ornish is best known for his research which showed that diet and lifestyle changes could lead to a reversal in the progression of heart disease. In this book he extends his work to highlight the critical importance of social factors (relationships, community, friendship, support groups, lines of communication, love) in both avoiding and recovering from life-threatening illness. He cites a large volume of scientific studies to support his claims and divulges personal information about his own journey through life.

His eight pathways to intimacy and health are:
1) Words Matter. What we say and how we say it can have a powerful effect on bringing us closer to or farther from another person.
2) Group Support. A support group helps heal isolation, alienation, and loneliness. Physical healing often follows.
3) Confession, Forgiveness, and Redemption. The group support process of self-disclosure is healing.
4) Compassion, Altruism, and Service. When you help others, you also help yourself.
5) Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can be a very helpful complement to spiritual practices.
6) Touching. Lack of human contact can lead to profound isolation and illness - even death.
7) Commitment. Commitment creates safety and makes intimacy possible.
8) Meditation. Paying attention and focusing your awareness increase your power, your joy, and sense of peace and wellbeing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the keys books that have changed my outlook. 16 July 2015
By Caroline Vu - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the keys books that have changed my outlook. A few others that fit in this category include Power vs. Force, A New Earth, Diet For a New America and the E&P attraction.

We all need to start paying more attention to the power of love. It is not just a hippie dippy, new agey thing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely the best book on Intimacy that I have read 4 Oct. 2016
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This is absolutely the best book on Intimacy that I have read. Although it was written several years ago....it is still pertinent to love and health relationship that we must have to not only survive, but to thrive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Importance of Loving Relationships Revealed in this book. 21 Oct. 2014
By Sherri G. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a goldmine of knowledge. I was surprised at how much information was packed into one book. I found in very informative and would recommend it to others who are wanting to know how to increase their survival odds by having loving, intimate relationships.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Should be required reading for everyone 23 Jan. 2017
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Great book. Should be required reading for everyone.
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