Books on Mind Body Healing Research

Books on mind body healing often do not quote the scientific research. I hunted down some health books written by scientists and drawing on research statistics.

If you are someone who is not yet convinced by the connections between thoughts and health, beliefs and health and feelings and health, these mind body books may be of great interest.

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The more we accept the reality and therefore believe in the mind body connection, the greater our motivation to do the mind body experiment for ourselves.

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Since writing this page I have read a book by David Hamilton and heard him speak. So I have returned to add him to this list of recommended books on mind body healing research. I recommend his book, How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body.

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I live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for which there is currently no treatment. I take a great interest in alternative healing methods which draw on our ability to assist our body's in self healing. These books share that same interest.

Mind Body Healing Books, Reviews On This Page:

(Please note these reviews are adapted from the official reviews and are not my own.)

For those of you who have a preference to listen to mind body CDs, please click to read about Paul Pearsall's mind body healing audio series.

The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are

Dan Siegel

The above book includes over 1000 references to studies on how the brain can be influenced.

The Biology of Belief - Dr. Bruce Lipton

Author, Dr. Bruce Lipton has previously worked as a medical school professor and research scientist. The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in a field known as New Biology.

Bruce Lipton's research considers the process by which the cells in our body receive information and how the cells respond as a result.

In this book, he conveys how the results of his research and that of other leading scientists lead to a radical change our understanding of life.

Genes and DNA do not control our biology as previously thought.
DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages which emanate from our thoughts

We can retrain our thoughts to affect our health.

The Pleasure Prescription: To Love, To Work, To Play, Life in the Balance – Paul Pearsall

Alameda, California: Hunter House Publishers, 1996

This New York Times number one best-seller presents the medical evidence showing that living, loving, and working by the Hawaiian wisdom of aloha results in healthier and happier personal, family, and work life. It presents a program for correcting "DDDS, " Daily Delight Deficiency Syndrome."

Super Immunity: Master Your Emotions and Improve Your Health – Paul Pearsall

New York: McGraw Hill, 1986

The book descibes
  • how our feelings and thoughts affect our immune system
  • how "hot" and "cold" temperaments tend to influence our health and healing,
  • how can you enhance the immune system to strengthen your resistance to disease and improve your healing.

This book was a New York Times Number 1 best-seller.

Super Immunity also won the Lambert Book of the Year Award in London, England.

The Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy– Paul Pearsall

New York: Broadway Books, 1998

The Heart's Code presents scientific evidence that the heart literally thinks, remembers, speaks to the brain about its own unique feelings.

Even more astonishingly, the heart apparently connects with other hearts.

The book presents evidence of cellular memory.

It includes stories of heart transplant recipients who report taking on the memories and various personality characteristics of their donor.

Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Healing –
Dr Candace Pert

"... the story of a wife... a NIH lecturer... a scientist... a mother... and an AIDS researcher.

Do you want to know why we feel the way we feel? 

Are you curious how your thoughts and emotions can influence your health? 

Does our brain work apart from the body? Or they all part of one big system?

Dr Candace Pert has spent most of her life studying chemicals and how they work in our bodies.

She establishes a biomedical basis for emotion, and explains how our feelings, emotions, and bodies are connected.

Through our mind -- we can begin to understand our lives like never before."

Candace Pert is renowned in the field of mind body healing.

She has published over 250 scientific articles on peptides and their receptors and the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system.

The Mindbody Prescription – Dr. John E Sarno

Dr. John E. Sarno's first book Healing Back Pain was  a New York Times bestseller that has helped over 500,000 readers.

In this book The Mindbody PrescriptionDr John presents his most complete work yet on the vital connection between mental and bodily health.

Musculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with most doctors failing to recognize their underlying cause.

Dr. Sarno reveals how many painful conditions--including most neck and back pain, migraine, repetitive stress injuries, whiplash, and tendonitises--are rooted in repressed emotions . . .

He shows how they can be successfully treated without drugs, physical measures, or surgery.

His innovative program has already led to a healing impact on thousands of patients.

The Mindbody Prescription sets out advice for a healthy and pain-free life.

Note from Katherine T Owen:

To be clear, I am unsure if the emphasis in this book is on Dr John E Sarno presenting his research into mind body healing, or outlining the program to bring about alternative healing for yourself.

Either way, he is a qualified Doctor, and the book comes highly recommended by a friend of mine.

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The Pleasure Principle – Paul Pearsall - Healing CDs

"A six CD series focusing on the joyful way to health and healing and how to live, work, love, and plan in healthy balance.

It includes

  • excerpts from Dr. Pearsall live lectures,
  • interviews with Dr. Pearsall about overcoming health terrorism
  • how to seek health and well-being through pursuit of the simple health pleasures in life.
  • original music performed and sung by the hula halau who often join Dr. Pearsall in his lecture/concerts.
  • a Pleasure Planner workbook."

Note from Katherine T Owen:

I love the sound of "overcoming health terrorism". When looking into mind body healing there is a risk that we start to give ourselves a hard time for being ill. We tell ourselves that if only we thought the right thoughts we would be OK, and we SHOULD know how to do that already!!!

This kind of thinking really doesn't help us. I am guessing that Paul Pearsall addresses this problem and helps us to develop the self compassion we need.

Further books on Mind Body Healing through research

When I hear someone speak on a webinar or podcast with knowledge about science and research relevant to mind body healing, I will list the book here. These books are likely to be more recently published than those above.

  • Book Title: Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control.
    Author: Erin Clabough

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