Meta-Physician on Call for Better Health: Metaphysics and Medicine for Mind, Body and Spirit (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Nov 1, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 172 pages
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Steven E. Hodes, M.D., initially trained in traditional, high-caliber medical programs that led him through graduation from the Albert Einstein Medical School and to a fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. But many years later, he saw something vital missing in his approach to healthcare. I was trained as a physician, not a healer...taught to view the patient as a machine suffering from some mechanical failure. My purpose was to be the best diagnostician possible, he explains. Then events occurred that opened the eyes of this now-veteran physician to deep insights about the mind-body-spirit connection. That awakening moved him to a metaphysical view of health--a view more spiritual than religious but still firmly grounded in science. Embracing his role as a metaphysician, he also began to see himself as meta-physician, a doctor transformed (meta) by this new awareness. In this book, Hodes describes his journey to becoming a metaphysician on call. He points out profound, yet simple, observations and beliefs that affect our perception of the nature of reality--metaphysics--which, in turn, can affect our well-being in all senses--body, mind, and spirit. We all can and should take responsibility for our own well-being on all levels, he explains. This book is designed to inspire us to ask our own questions, and gather our own evidence to enhance all areas of our lives and well-being, and so find healing and peace. Hodes explores how we can create our own reality--for example, how we can turn crisis or fear into an adventure in learning; or how we can turn pain into an opportunity for exploration and growth. He examines the anatomy of a belief and how we come to accept a reality astrue, whether from the perspectives of philosophy, religion, or science. And he teaches us how to become open-minded skeptics, to take our own metaphysical journey, so we can each find better health in body, mind, and spirit.
  

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A fascinating exploration of the nature of reality from a person of science whose curiosity led him to an open minded view of the spiritual.

Contents

Series Foreword
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
Introduction
xiii
From Physician to MetaPhysician My Personal Journey from Physician to Healer
3
MetaphysicsWhat Does It Mean?
25
Truth about the Metaphysical JourneyEmbracing the Power to Choose
31
Solving Lifes MysteriesWhy We Search for Knowledge
34
Creating Our Own Reality
36
Managing Our Imperfections
96
Spiritually Correct Forgiveness
98
Kavanah The Intention to Do Good
102
HealingWhat Does It Really Mean?
107
Healing through Gratitude
110
Healing through Happiness
113
Healing through Sadness
116
Age of Addiction
118

Anatomy of a Belief
38
Healing the HeartMind Divide
47
Science and Spirituality Metaphysics of the Unexplained
50
Are We Ever Out of Our Minds?
53
Are We HardWired for Bliss?
55
Darkness and Light
58
The Credibility Quotient
63
Born Again Reincarnation and Karma
87
Death as a Transition Not a Tragedy
91
Suffering Is Not Punishment
94
The Placebo Effect Proof of the BodyMind Connection?
121
Obesity and How to Avoid It A Weighty Metaphysical Topic
124
Twentyseven Ways to Embrace Your Inner MetaPhysician
129
Labyrinth or Maze Which Path Will You Choose?
147
Glossary
151
Notes
155
Bibliography
163
Index
167
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About the author (2007)

STEVEN E. HODES, M.D., is a board certified Gastroenterologist with more than 25 years in private practice. His medical degree is from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and he completed a Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He also holds a degree in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Hodes teaches courses at Bookdale Community College, and has lectured at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in New York City. In addition to his medical practice, he has devoted himself to speaking and writing about metaphysics and healing, with an eye toward helping people regain their health, strength and ability to explore life's challenges from a more spiritual perspective. More information is available at his website at www.meta-md.com

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