Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc), friend and colleague, pioneer in the holistic medicine movement, and author of Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, a critical work in holistic health care, has written some important, new books offering new approaches to personal health. Check out Sound Mind, Sound Body and Stress Free for Good, both of which received outstanding reviews.

Particularly valuable are the excerpts you can find on Dr. Pelletier’s website, including: Ten Skills to alleviate the physical and emotional dangers of stress; and, for those interested in the evidence for or against various complementary therapies, a list (excerpted from The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Doesn’t?) of numerous CAM therapies (A to Z–actually A to Y (for yoga)), together with highlights of results of clinical trials.
From the cover material for Sound Mind, Sound Body:
Lifelong good health, says Dr. Pelletier, is far more dependent on a positive, purposeful life orientation than on aerobic workouts and regimented low-fat diets. This extraordinary revelation is based on a wide body of recent research findings, as well as Dr. Pelletier’s own five-year Rockefeller-funded study of 51 prominent men and women who have made major contributions to the world beyond their own personal success and security–including Lindsay Wagner, Norman Lear, and Congresswoman Claudine Schneider.
Dr. Pelletier challenges the medical community’s long-accepted focus on the “disease model” and proposes a positive new health paradigm. Sound Mind, Sound Body examines the lives of people who are rarely ill, who manage aging successfully, or who cope extremely well with both acute and chronic illness–and describes how they do it. Among Dr. Pelletier’s fascinating findings:
– People who overcome serious illness or physical trauma in childhood are often actually strengthened–not debilitated–by the experience.
– People who enjoy a sense of belonging and a real connection with other people generally pass through periods of intense stress and exposure to health hazards and remain untouched by illness.
– Altruistic work is closely related to the ability to overcome life-threatening crises and disease.
– There is a healthy way of being ill, which can help a person manage such chronic problems as arthritis and heart disease.
From the cover for Stress Free for Good:
Stress Free for Good
by Dr. Fred Luskin and Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier
Foreward by Dr. Andrew Weil
Two established leaders in the mind-body field provide scientifically proven and easy-to-use skills to overcome the physical and emotional dangers of stress.
We live in stressful times. Between our jobs and families, our days are filled with constant pressures and requirements. Over time the negative impact of our hectic lives begins to affect our physical and emotional well-being. We soon exhibit symptoms such as stomach pain, headaches, heart failure, depression, chronic fatigue, and mood swings. What, if anything, can we do to stop this endless cycle? It is easy to find a multitude of books, videotapes, meditation classes, and seminars aimed at stopping stress. But until now, there has never been a scientifically-based program that not only starts working within seconds but also creates a foundation to help remove stress and the symptoms associated with it from your life for good.
At the Stanford University School of Medicine, Drs. Luskin and Pelletier developed ten scientifically proven skills for eliminating the stress, anxiety, and pain that occur all too frequently in daily life. These life skills offer much more than just the tools to break even, they provide a foundation for living a healthier and happier life. The ten strategies are immediately accessible and can start working in a matter of seconds. Stress Free For Good combines scientific findings as well as actual stories that show these skills in action. This book combines the best of science and timeless wisdom to provide the last stress tool you will ever need.
Dr. Fred Luskin is the author of Forgive For Good: A Proven Prescription/or Health and Happiness. He has a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford Uni- versity and is the cofounder and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project.
Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier is one of the foremost nationally recognized leaders in alternative and integrarive medicine. Dr. Pelletier is the author of ten major books including the international bestseller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer and most recently The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not?
Dr. Pelletier is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director, Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), in Department of Medicine
at the University of Arizona School of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; and Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California School of Medicine (USCF).
Contact information:
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc)
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director, Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP)
Department of Medicine
University of Arizona School of Medicine
Post Office Box 245153
Tuscon, Arizona 85724-5153
O: (520) 626-6417
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Clinical Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of California School of Medicine (USCF)
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Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Chairman
American Health Association
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