A Different View of Stress
A physician does his most worthy work when he participates in his patient's suffering. In participating in their suffering, my patients with severe, chronic stress have given me two insights.
the common notion of stress being fight-or-flight response to a demand for change is so inadequate as to be clinically irrelevant.
spirituality makes psychology irrelevant.
In this volume, I include many true-to-life stories of my patients and describe the energetic-molecular basis of their suffering. I relate how long hours of listening to them led me to conclude that the popular notion of mind-over-body healing is a cruel joke, and, in essence, pours salt on their wounds. I also recognized that the prevailing practice of searching for relief of the agony of the present through 'working out the problems of the past' is little more than a cortical trap-the mind endlessly recycles past pain or recycles feared, future misery. Psychology, by and large, keeps us incarcerated in obsolete models of disease and sufferings. Spirituality set us free.
"The work of a master storyteller... a sort of Aesop of medicine...teaches highly effective methods for stress control."
Professor Alfred O. Fayemi, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
"A wonderfully readable book about controlling stress...Ali's animals will teach you more about the hard science of stress than any other book on the subject."
Professor Francis Waikman, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine