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Reviews for Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them:

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January 4, 2004

Heal Your Body
This was a dissapointment. This basic book gives the author's ideas of causes of illness with no scientific backing. I believe it can mislead people wanting to better understand the mind-body connection.
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Apr 13, 2010

What can I say about a book written by a woman who states that babies are born with birth defects because they CHOOSE to be born that way?? Nothing good! At all! Shame on you Louise Hay!
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Aug 09, 2008

In dealing with chronic pain a friend referred this book to me as an alternative to the traditional medicine that wasn't as effective as necessary. It's just a short book which lists different diseases and physical ailments and what are perceived as the psychological reasonings behind those pains. I've always believed there is some connection between mind and body, I just never considered the specific relationship between each part of the body and the psyche. It was actually a very enlightening In dealing with chronic pain a friend referred this book to me as an alternative to the traditional medicine that wasn't as effective as necessary. It's just a short book which lists different diseases and physical ailments and what are perceived as the psychological reasonings behind those pains. I've always believed there is some connection between mind and body, I just never considered the specific relationship between each part of the body and the psyche. It was actually a very enlightening book for me. I find myself reaching for it often when I'm not feeling well and get curious as to what might be the true underlying issue for the physical pain. Just that knoweldge allows me to think through what's happening in my life and make some adjustments. Now, where Louise Hay and I part ways in this thinking is with her remedy - affirmations. I realize that there's logic behind this concept but my mind just doesn't play along. It laughs at affirmations and refuses to be so easily manipulated. I realize it does work for others so I'm not discounting it, just saying it's not the solution for me. Regardless, the book is still illuminative and helpful. If conventional medicine isn't working for you or you just dislike the traditional remedies to headaches and such, this book is worth a peek. ...more
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October 18, 2008

Lame!
This is the lamest book I've ever read. I thought it would have some good insight but instead two pages of narrative, and then the rest is bogus mantras. I regret buying it, it's horrible. And partially bogus.
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September 3, 2009

Wonderful book - DO NOT BUY KINDLE VERSION
This is a wonderful little book and I will not add more to the many great reviews written here. I just want to warn people that the Kindle edition DOES NOT WORK WELL. This book is 90% a table with positive affirmations to overcome negative patterns of thinking that create diseases. But the format for the Kindle (at least on my Kindle 2) does not show the far right of the table, even if one chooses the smallest font. Hence the whole beauty and usefulness of the book is missed. Get the paperback copy instead. I am not sure if it displays properly in the Kindle DX because of the biggest screen factor. I wish Amazon could create a rating category where we can rate the FORMAT for Kindle books. That would be very useful.
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May 18, 2012

I read this booklet right after the popular science book “Microbe Hunters” (Paul de Kruif), in which I found this statement, as true now as it was when the book was written in 1926: "Murderous germs are everywhere, sneaking into all of us, yet they are able to assassinate only some of us, and that question of the strange resistance of the rest of us is still just as much an unsolved puzzle as it was in those days of the roaring eighteen-eighties when men were ready to risk dying to prove that I read this booklet right after the popular science book “Microbe Hunters” (Paul de Kruif), in which I found this statement, as true now as it was when the book was written in 1926: "Murderous germs are everywhere, sneaking into all of us, yet they are able to assassinate only some of us, and that question of the strange resistance of the rest of us is still just as much an unsolved puzzle as it was in those days of the roaring eighteen-eighties when men were ready to risk dying to prove that they were right." That “strange resistance” (or an increased susceptibility, which would be the other end of the spectrum) is what I hope alternative medicine can help explaining. Despite my scientific background and profession (both in medical research), I believe that the only way to get a full picture is to listen to both sides, i.e. study the traditional scientific explanations of disease as well as the alternative spiritual ones. I’m hoping that the addition of alternative medicine literature such as this booklet (and of course, personal experience and observation) to the scientific study reports, patient records and medical textbooks I read will give me this full picture.

Hay is often criticized for arguing that all disease is caused solely by unhealthy mental attitudes. Personally, I don’t think there is any reason why this booklet should have to be interpreted in that way. In the preface of this 67th (!) edition of “Heal Your Body”, Lousie L. Hay writes: "[f]or us to become whole and healthy, we must balance the body, mind, and spirit". Later on in the text, she states that “[t]he mental thought patterns that cause the most dis-ease in the body are criticism, anger, resentment, and guilt". My interpretation of that hyphen is that it’s there to differentiate “dis-ease” from “disease”, which usually refers to the end result of increased susceptibility (“dis-ease”) coupled with physical causes. It’s hard to disagree with such a holistic view!

After the short introductory chapters, the booklet is a kind of encyclopaedia where the reader can look up a specific health problem to find its probable mental cause and a suggested “healing affirmation” to use as a remedy. I found some of it almost comical (“Problem: Bug bites, Probable cause: Guilt over small things., New thought pattern: I am free of all irritations. All is well.”), but surprisingly much of it made sense to me when I “tested it” on myself and others I felt I knew well enough. I’m sceptical to whether the affirmations can make much of a difference, but I can obviously not refute it without having tried them. To someone stuck in a negative thought pattern due to depression (i.e. low serotonin levels), this booklet certainly doesn’t give much hope for the future! I’m still hoping that it can be a useful complement to scientific explanations and, who knows, maybe I’ll find that it does this job well enough for me to give it another star.
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Oct 08, 2015

I understand that positive thinking can go a long way in improving your general health, but please don't insinuate that it can fully cure slipped discs, cystic fibrosis, AIDS...if positive thinking and chanting, "THIS MOMENT IS FILLED WITH JOY. I NOW CHOOSE TO EXPERIENCE THE SWEETNESS OF TODAY" would cure my Diabetes Mellitus, trust me--I would've been able to toss my needles and meters a long time ago!
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Jul 11, 2012

This book is my health bible - dare to tell me you have an ailment and I will be flicking through the pages to tell you what the emotional cause could be. Battered and bruised I carry it with me always. It helps you understand the emotional roots for ill-health and support the idea that we really can heal ourselves more often than we think
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Apr 10, 2013

Louis L. Hay presents a useful and seemingly accurate perspective on why our bodies may express discomfort. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is in need of healing. This book encourages us to use the power of our minds to influence our healing processes. Heal Your Body can help you gain insight into your purpose, the obstacles you face, and sheds light onto those things that can be difficult to face. Using this clear and easy to use "manual" can help bring not only healing, but joy and Louis L. Hay presents a useful and seemingly accurate perspective on why our bodies may express discomfort. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is in need of healing. This book encourages us to use the power of our minds to influence our healing processes. Heal Your Body can help you gain insight into your purpose, the obstacles you face, and sheds light onto those things that can be difficult to face. Using this clear and easy to use "manual" can help bring not only healing, but joy and peace to one's life. ...more
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July 17, 2012

disappointing
Why even barther releasing this booklet. Its not of any use at all If you ask me. Just blibber blabber rubbish
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Jan 17, 2014

Wow. I've known about affirmations and that they work for promoting behavioral changes since I was very young. I can remember doing affirmations when I was in middle school (I was born in 1967). I can't remember having actively used them in the past 15 years. That is about to dramatically change.

I've suffered from clinical depression for decades and I feel like Louise Hay's insights may profoundly change IMPROVE my day-to-day life. I know this for certain, it will not hurt or make things worse.

Wow. I've known about affirmations and that they work for promoting behavioral changes since I was very young. I can remember doing affirmations when I was in middle school (I was born in 1967). I can't remember having actively used them in the past 15 years. That is about to dramatically change.

I've suffered from clinical depression for decades and I feel like Louise Hay's insights may profoundly change IMPROVE my day-to-day life. I know this for certain, it will not hurt or make things worse.

So many of the connections she makes between "mental causes" and "physical illness" have rung true for me (in conditions I once suffered from but are not presently experiencing as well as with conditions I am currently experiencing). And, some of those revelations aren't easy to acknowledge or accept either.

Here's to self-exploration, growth and healing. There's no better time than the present. ...more
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Sep 28, 2013

This book gives the positive waves to our body... "YOU ARE WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE" is the basic of this book. Its about how we can mentally heal our physical body "metaphysical". It gives a detailed healing method for every pain and suffer u have in ur body and mind, with no medicines or treatments but by Your Thoughts. I think its very useful to have it in our hands. Physical pain goes or not, am sure... if we follow, we feel Positive.
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Dec 06, 2016

Potentially very dangerous book that tells people you can cure very real and very dangerous illnesses (such as cancer) by ... forgiving people? No thanks ...

Anyone who is ill should stay away from this book ...
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Jun 08, 2008

Well, if you know me, you know I am into ways of natural healing and all that hippie crap. So, Bev gave me this book and I really did love it. Even though it is more like a guide than a book, I really learned a lot from it. Saying the affirmations in it really have helped me with my anxiety.
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Apr 24, 2014

I was referred to this book by a famous hypnotist named Steven Parkfield. This book is a companion book to heal your life, which is by the same author. This book is amazing, and may sound somewhat OUT THERE at first, just start examining others around you who suffer from problems, you will then start to see how right this book is. I was a cigarette smoker for awhile, and after reading this book I quit. Now, this had nothing to do with "reading" the book, but everything to do with implementing I was referred to this book by a famous hypnotist named Steven Parkfield. This book is a companion book to heal your life, which is by the same author. This book is amazing, and may sound somewhat OUT THERE at first, just start examining others around you who suffer from problems, you will then start to see how right this book is. I was a cigarette smoker for awhile, and after reading this book I quit. Now, this had nothing to do with "reading" the book, but everything to do with implementing the lifestyle into my own. I had a lot of anger and resentment toward my parents and people from the past, that I had never dealt with. I have now realized the phrase from the book, "outward symptoms are the result of inward conditions", is 100% true. BOOK HIGHLY SUGGESTED!!! ...more
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Jan 18, 2013

it was interesting to say the least, but not my cup if tea. well i do agree with some things she says, but not with everything else. i.e. about eye sight in regards to near sightedness? i've had bad eye sight since i was a child. as a child not even 10, i was not afraid of the future? the future was allicould think about andhow exiting it would be growing up. and i accepted guidence and i knew i was safe...

well... i guess its each to their own.
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Jun 14, 2016

Louise Hay offers an explanation for illness that is different from the medical perspective and takes into account the whole person. She is a ground-breaking author and spiritual teacher with a wealth of wisdom to offer.
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August 10, 2014

One of my bibles as a health care professional and life coach--even if I don't tell anyone I am using it! ;-)
My favourite and most useful reference book. Louise Hay shares incredibly helpful insight into the Mind Body connection in this invaluable compendium of common ailments and their root in your emotions and mental health. Not only that, she also shares specific and helpful affirmations that she is so famous for. They really work ... all you have to do is believe and that can be the hard part!
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January 29, 2015

I've loved this book for years!
So often in life, I feel like I am powerless, like I have no choices. Ever since being loaned this book 7 years ago, I love that I can take my own health (or lack thereof) and well-being into MY hands. I can blame, sure, but I can also affirm what is good. I can affirm what I want in life. Louise L. Hay gives me the handbook to change my thoughts. She even gives me the words! All I have to do is pay attention to what my body communicates to me (through pain, dis-ease, etc) and then I can choose to begin my own journey to health.
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Sep 16, 2019

I just revisited this because I got hit with an awful, wicked, ear, nose, and throat infection. I've used this book for thirty-nine (39) years - as a guide to why, but not as a solution, when I get sick; and it has been invaluable with regard to keeping me healthy. Here's my story:
I, for whatever reason, am very susceptible to getting blindsided by a physical illness that can really eff me up. But ever since around 1980 when I was turned onto this book (shout out to wife #3), it has been such a I just revisited this because I got hit with an awful, wicked, ear, nose, and throat infection. I've used this book for thirty-nine (39) years - as a guide to why, but not as a solution, when I get sick; and it has been invaluable with regard to keeping me healthy. Here's my story:
I, for whatever reason, am very susceptible to getting blindsided by a physical illness that can really eff me up. But ever since around 1980 when I was turned onto this book (shout out to wife #3), it has been such a help to me ... but not all of it. In other words I wholly endorse half of it, the front half, but not the back half, i.e. that one can "cure" oneself by positive affirmations. My position is that one has to work to correct the "dis-ease" as Hay called it; and also, sometimes, one's illness might be just a case of "bad luck". Not everything is under one's control. Here's the story: I don't agree with her that the "universe" loves us, or me specifically. I don't agree that "love is everywhere" and all one need do is embrace that, and that one's spirit is eternal and then - magic - there will be "LOVE, PEACE, JOY and SELF-APPROVAL." I think the human condition is quite a bit more complicated than that.
That said, I do think she's right-on with the proposition that our relationship with others and the outside, our interpretation of that - effects our physical well being, i.e. our mental state, conscious and unconscious, often manifests in physical, somatic, problems. My life is a evidence of that.
The book is, without a doubt, worth picking up and using as a resource, something to think about, consider, the next time you get smacked down. ...more
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Aug 06, 2017

Opened my eyes to how our emotions truly affect our physical. Very insightful. I loved it.
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Oct 03, 2017

The amazing Louise Hay I am grateful always. Good Book. The amazing Louise Hay 💖💖💖 I am grateful always. Good Book. ...more
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May 05, 2019

I want to tell you why I even began to think about this sort of thing. I was very skeptical at first. In fact, I was one of those people who are really obsessed with science and “facts” and whatnot. But I see people attacking this woman for claiming cancer is a mental process and I want to defend her.

We discovered my grandpa to have stage III gastric cancer. I loved him very much, he was an important male figure of mine and man, I just love him endlessly. Cancer became a very sensitive subject I want to tell you why I even began to think about this sort of thing. I was very skeptical at first. In fact, I was one of those people who are really obsessed with science and “facts” and whatnot. But I see people attacking this woman for claiming cancer is a mental process and I want to defend her.

We discovered my grandpa to have stage III gastric cancer. I loved him very much, he was an important male figure of mine and man, I just love him endlessly. Cancer became a very sensitive subject for me. My grandpa lived for 4 and a half years, which was amazing odds for him. The interesting thing is this cancer seemed to develop right after he had this huge fallout with his sisters, which he never quite “digested”.

Another story. This acquaintance of mine, a woman of 65 was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer around the same time. This was ten years ago. They tried everything, but the cancer worsened to stage IV. She finally attended a couple healing sessions. Miraculously, her symptoms disappeared one by one and her cancer went into remission. She’s still alive and well to this day. I believe the five-year survival rate for stage IV cancer to be around 20%. This woman is now 75 years old, 10 years later. She even did some healing on my migraines on me when I was ten. My cheeks flushed and the migraines retreated.

What I’m saying is, don’t call this author off. I’ve seen this shit work. ...more
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Sep 28, 2017

It’s the metaphysical healing process for physical and metal ailments.. it would suits anyone with awareness and believing that affirmation works like any medication.. You can refer to this book whenever an illness appear and practice those affirmations however for me it helped me detect what are the thought patterns causing me all these health issues and to my surprised most of the “new thought patterns” were almost identical or had similarities. Now I have to workout on those common thought It’s the metaphysical healing process for physical and metal ailments.. it would suits anyone with awareness and believing that affirmation works like any medication.. You can refer to this book whenever an illness appear and practice those affirmations however for me it helped me detect what are the thought patterns causing me all these health issues and to my surprised most of the “new thought patterns” were almost identical or had similarities. Now I have to workout on those common thought pAttern of mine and I’m sure of results will occur ...more
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Nov 17, 2017

I don't know, I couldn't get into this book. I'm always looking for good books on positive manifestation / the law of attraction, but I read her biography and the very beginning of the first chapter, and, I don't know....is it me, or is she really judgmental? Not just towards others, but to herself as well. I also think she's taking the law of attraction waaaaay too literally. While I get the concept, I found some of her notions to be rather far-fetched (not EVERYTHING is our fault - and I doubt I don't know, I couldn't get into this book. I'm always looking for good books on positive manifestation / the law of attraction, but I read her biography and the very beginning of the first chapter, and, I don't know....is it me, or is she really judgmental? Not just towards others, but to herself as well. I also think she's taking the law of attraction waaaaay too literally. While I get the concept, I found some of her notions to be rather far-fetched (not EVERYTHING is our fault - and I doubt we choose our parents).

A much better book on the law of attraction is Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization - it just seems to make much more sense. ...more

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