| ||This abook is now our-of-print (3/2000). It has been replaced by a new edition with a new name--please see "Power Healing: Use the New Integrated Medicine to Cure Yourself", ISBN 0375751394.
Dr. Leo Galland, along with Doctors Bernie Siegel and Andrew Weil, has been a key architect in the emerging field of integrated medicine, which combines the best of alternative and orthodox treatments. He is also a renowned medical detective, successfully curing patients whose illnesses have defied prior diagnosis and treatment. In his new book, The Four Pillars of Healing, he shares the breakthrough medical philosophy and program of healing he has developed over the course of three decades of education and practice.
If youíve ever heard yourself referred to in your doctorís office as "the chest pain in Room Three," you know that most doctors regard patients as the sum of their symptoms and treat them accordingly: identify the symptoms, name the disease, and try to cure it. Yet you know intuitively that no two people with the same diagnosis respond to treatment in the same way. So why focus on the disease instead of the person? Dr. Galland argues for a fundamental change in this one-size-fitsall philosophy of disease and proposes instead patient-cantered diagnosis, viewing each patient as a unique individual and equal participant in treatment.
Dr. Galland explains how to work closely with your doctor through patient-cantered diagnosis to identify the mediators, triggers, and antecedents of your illness. A mediator is anything that produces your symptoms, causes damage to your body, or changes your behavior. As Dr. Galland reveals, mediators need not be merely biochemical (e.g., stress hormones) - how we think and feel can mediate our illness. A trigger is anything that provokes a mediator. Triggers range from the physical (infections, drugs, toxins) to the cognitive (social distress, anxiety, even memories of previous sickness). An antecedent is a risk factor that predisposes you to illness, such as your genetics, age, and even learning and conditioning.
Drawing on fascinating case histories of medical detection to illustrate these principles, Dr. Galland guides you in identifying your own mediators, triggers, and antecedents, then teaches you how to implement the four pillars of healing to overcome illness and achieve optimum health. The pillars are:
Eloquently written and filled with practical advice about detecting the unsuspected causes of our sicknesses, building resistance to disease, and harnessing our own bodiesí natural desire to heal, Dr. Gallandís innovative book represents mind/body medicine at its best. For anyone whose illness hasnít responded to treatment or resists diagnosis, or who craves a higher level of health, The Four Pillars of Healing is essential reading.
- building healthy relationships (community is the most powerful healing force)
- creating a customized prescription for diet, rest, and exercise
- purifying your external environment detoxfying your internal environment to help your body protect and cleanse itself
Leo Galland, M.D., received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at New York University and Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Galland served as director of medical research at the Gesell Institute for Human Development. His private practice in New York specializes in treating undiagnosed or difficult-to-treat illnesses. Dr. Galland is a pioneer of integrated medicine, combining the best of alternative and orthodox approaches.
Praises for The Four Pillars of Healing
"The medicine of the future will embrace and integrate the best of conventional and alternative approaches to health and healing. In The Four Pillars of Healing, Dr. Leo Galland writes compassionately and convincingly of the importance of treating patients as individuals. He makes a compelling argument that sickness is most effectively treated when the particular needs and underlying psychosocial, emotional, and environmental issues are also addressed."
-DEAN ORNISH, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; president and director, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; and author of "Dr. Dean Ornishís Program for Reversing Heart Disease"
"An excellent, well-written practical resource. if you care about your state of health, you will want to read it."
-BERNIE S. SIEGEL, M.D., author of "Love, Medicine & Miracles"
"Dr. Gallandís invaluable advice has been a great help to me. Iím delighted that others will at last have the benefit of his wisdom in their search for healing."
"Leo Galland gives us a rare synthesis of careful biological analysis, social concern and eminently practical health information. He tells us how and why we become ill and shows us what we can do about it."
-JAMES S. GORDON, M.D., author of "Manifesto for a New Medicine;" director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine; and clinical professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine
"Dr. Galland is the most original thinker in medicine today when it comes to understanding the relationship between the molecular and the spiritual aspects of healing. It is no surprise that he has helped the many patients who have sought his help as a last resort. His imaginative approach to the role of our environment, both physical and emotional, in the cause of disease shows him to be a brilliant thinker as well as a caring physician. Well grounded in scientific medicine, Dr. Galland has expanded his and our view to the deeper spiritual basis of true healing.... This book should be read by every patient, doctor, and medical student to understand the many different levels on which sickness and healing can take place."
-JOHN E. POSTLEY, M.D., author of "Soul Medicine" and assistant clinical professor of medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
"Western medicine often fails patients with chronic, intractable disorders. Many have difficult-to-manage symptoms that donít fall into recognized paradigms. Dr. Leo Gallandís The Four Pillars of Healing is, in many ways, an antithesis to the cookie-cutter, mass-produced fast pace of Western medicine. I see him as representative of the doctors of tomorrow: a true listener and observer who incorporates the science of medicine with scholarly observations. Thank you, Dr. Galland, for sharing these insights with all of us."
-LLOYD SABERSKI, M.D., clinical director, Center for Pain Management, Yale University School of Medicine