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How Healing Works by Wayne Jonas, M.D.
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Jan 09, 2018 | ISBN 9780399579240

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How Healing Works is radically and disruptively brilliant. Highly recommended.”
—Dean Ornish, MD, Founder and President of Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and Author, The Spectrum
“By sharing his courageous personal journey as a physician, from skeptic to researcher to informed advocate, Dr. Wayne Jonas provides a compelling case for completely re-thinking our nation’s approach to health care. Rising financial and societal health-care costs make this book a must read.”
—Gail C. Christopher, DN, ND Board Chair, Trust for America’s Health and Former Senior Advisor and Vice President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
“Outstanding! A must read for anyone with chronic disease and the clinicians who care for them. This is true health-care reform.”
—Don Berwick, MD, Former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Cofounder and President Emeritus, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement
“The one book all national leaders must read this year. Full of stories of how heroes heal when they come home and how every family who has a person with chronic disease, can also be that hero.”
—Retired Admiral Michael Mullen, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 
“Dr. Wayne Jonas issues a clarion call for medical practice and health care that we cannot afford to ignore. A compelling case is made for a more balanced approach to health care in which the impressive gains from science are matched with attention to equally powerful, but often ignored, processes of healing. Dr. Jonas brings to bear a lifetime’s knowledge of evidence-based medicine, to which he has been a major contributor, with extensive professional experience of how people heal. This book is essential reading; it is recommended for health-care professionals and anyone who is interested in achieving optimal health.”
—Jonathan Davidson, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center
“How Healing Works is a brilliant contribution. The wisdom that Dr. Jonas shares lies at the heart of modern nursing: how meaning, love, caring, empathy, and compassion facilitate the healing process.”
—Barbara Dossey, RN, PhD, FAAN, Author, Holistic Nursing
“A breakthrough book! It should be read by every clinician and business leader. With compelling stories and rigorous science, Dr. Jonas shows us what we all know but have forgotten—that the healing of mind and body are inseparable.”
—Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Director, Corporate Health Improvement Program and Author, Sound Mind, Sound Body
“Dr. Jonas makes compelling arguments for a new paradigm in medicine that addresses the inner, interpersonal, and external dimensions where true healing takes place. How Healing Works provides an urgently needed blueprint for a new approach to medicine.”
—James Lake, MD Former Chair, American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Complementary, Alternative & Integrative Medicine and Author, Integrative Mental Health Care
“Dr. Jonas shifts the dialogue in How Healing Works to exactly what health care needs. As someone who works in the daily struggle to make health care better, I know firsthand that this book is a must for those interested in being leaders in health and healing. Understanding the balance of healing and curing is a needed combination for greater well-being. I recommend it to all who seek to help patients with any disease, and to the rest of us who may become patients some day.”
—Scott Kashman Chief Acute Care Officer, Lee Health
“How Healing Works is the most comprehensive and comprehensible book on how and why people heal. It is a masterful survey of the research on the physical, psychological, and spiritual factors that help us regain and retain our health. Dr. Wayne Jonas is one of America’s top docs, a true leader in medicine, who deeply understands the ins and outs of getting well. After reading How Healing Works, share it with your physician.”
—Larry Dossey, MD Author, One Mind
“In the polarized, nonintegrative era twenty-five years ago—the earliest days of introducing natural health and integrative practices into regular care—the arrival on the scene of a healer advocate for a more balanced medicine, who happened to be both army officer and medical doctor, was a great gift. What some of us did not yet know was that Wayne Jonas, then an emerging leader at the National Institutes of Health and in federal policy, incorporated healing practices and traditions from across the globe into his work to understand, bridge, and transform.” 
—John Weeks Editor in Chief, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; Publisher, The Integrator Blog   
“Wayne Jonas distills a lifetime of research, teaching, caring for patients, emotional growth, and inquiry into this wise, generous, and useful offering. He asks the toughest questions and responds in clear, accessible language. He invites us with him on an intimate journey as he presents with candor and courage his own evolution and the remarkable stories of those who have taught him so much about the mysteries of healing, hidden in plain sight. This is required reading for everyone interested in understanding and unleashing our untapped healing potential.”
—Joseph Bobrow, Roshi, PhD Author, Waking Up from War
“Wayne Jonas is a scientist, physician, teacher, storyteller, and, ultimately, a healer. His book uses a wide lens to examine how healing is not only pharmaceuticals and surgery but involves environmental, behavioral, social/emotional, and cognitive/spiritual dimensions. How Healing Works is provocative, engaging, and informative and encourages the reader in their own healing.”
—Ted Kaptchuk Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“Dr. Wayne Jonas provides us with inspiring and comprehensive guidance for our well-being. He integrates advances in science and technology for addressing illness and promoting health, along with the inner resources we have for healing. With examples from around the world, he invites us to actively participate in holistic healthful approaches—so essential for our times.”
—Monica Sharma Author, Radical Transformational Leadership, Chair Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, and former Director of Leadership and Capacity Development, United Nations.
“A careful scientist and a compassionate clinician, Jonas integrates the best of mainstream and alternative medical systems and provides a pragmatic and comprehensive approach that can transform how patients and clinicians approach healing.”
—Ronald Epstein, MD and Author, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity

“Written by experienced military medical doctor and evidence-based expert Dr. Wayne Jonas, How Healing Works entertains us with fascinating stories from his vast and varied experience while providing a science-based way to improve our health without overusing expensive interventions that are bankrupting our healthcare systems. The integrative system he proposes transcends all traditions so is open to all. He doesn’t argue that you can ‘think yourself better’, but provides a common sense, evidence-based roadmap for improved healing and wellness. Dr. Jonas shows that the evidence for common sense self-healing has reached a tipping point, and we need to take it more seriously of our healthcare systems are to survive. How Healing Works is a must read for doctors and patients-for all of us.”
—Dr. Jeremy Howick, author of Doctor You, Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme, senior researcher at the University of Oxford

Table Of Contents

The Need for a New Understanding of Healing viii

Section 1: Rethinking Healing

CHAPTER 1 The Paradox of Healing 1
CHAPTER 2 How We Heal 16
CHAPTER 3 How Science Misses Healing 40
CHAPTER 4 A Science for Healing 65

Section 2: The Dimensions of Healing

CHAPTER 5 Coming Home 92
CHAPTER 6 Acting Right 113
CHAPTER 7 Loving Deeply 143
CHAPTER 8 Finding Meaning 172

Section 3: Your Healing Journey

CHAPTER 9 Integrative Health 206
CHAPTER 10 Creating Healing 240


The HOPE Consultation 260
Constructing Your Healing Journey 268
Additional Reading on Integrative Health 297
Notes 298
Acknowledgments 316
Index 318

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