The Brain's Way of Healing

The Brain's Way of Healing

Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries From the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Book - 2015
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This book is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing.  For centuries we believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared to other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative - unable to recover from damage or illness.  In this revolutionary new book, Norman Doidge turns this belief on its head. The phenomenon of neuroplasticity - the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - is the most important development in our understanding of the brain and mind since the beginning of modern science.  Here, Doidge shows how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works.  When it is understood, it is often possible to radically improve - and even cure - many conditions thought to be irreversible. Doidge introduces us to the doctors, therapists, and patients who are healing the brain without surgery or medication.  We meet patients who have alleviated years of chronic pain; children on the autistic spectrum, or with ADD or learning disorders, who have used neuroplastic techniques to complete a normal education and become independent; and sufferers who have seen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, brain injuries, and cerebral palsy radically diminish; and we learn how to lower our risk of dementia by 60 per cent.  Through hopeful, astonishing stories, The Brain's Way of Healing explains how mind, brain, and body, and the energies around us, work together in health and healing.
Publisher: Brunswick, Vic., Scribe Publications,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781925106374
Characteristics: xxii, 409 pages ; 24 cm.


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Mar 21, 2019

I love this book, Dr Doidge explains complex issues in a way easy to understand - even for a non-scientist. I love the fact that he touches on so many different strategies/options, some of those were so incredible that I had to reread the chapter to understand and grasp the magnificence of what is possible. I've recommended this book to quite a few friends. Definitely worth reading!

Oct 01, 2018

Slow to read. Takes concentration. Excellent up to date information based on medical research and case studies, in favor of understanding the neuro-plasticity of the human brain.
SLOW READ, intense writing which will put many people off.
It is not likely a book to read cover to cover, but, a chapter here, then next month, a chapter there.
Excellent (very long) Chapter on how a man diminished his symptoms brought on by Parkinson's ... by regularly walking. The brain responds.
Author has a previous book, The Brain That Changes Itself.

cuppa_tea May 18, 2017

I loved Doidge's previous book on neuroplasticity The Brain That Changes Itself, this is a great follow-up.

Jan 21, 2016

Read by Jan 20, 2016. Great introduction to understanding the brain functionality and neuroplasticity. Throughly enjoyed.

Oct 02, 2015

Interesting, informative, and above all, hopeful. While the book does not provide specifically helpful tips, it does give an overview of promising treatments. Perhaps somewhat over-detailed (i.e. too lengthy anecdotal reports), this book is nevertheless well-worth reading.

Sep 07, 2015

This book changed my life. I have begun healing myself in ways I never thought possible. His methods and ideas should be taught to every child....imagine the powerful lives they would live.

Aug 02, 2015

Interesting book but written too long to a point that the main message may be obscured.

tpre007 Jun 05, 2015

The brain cannot "heal" itself in the same fashion as a broken bone, say....but has anyone ever heard it said that "humans use only a tiny fraction of their brains?" What Dr. Doidge is revealing is that our brains are able to activate this unused gray matter to compensate for injury!!

Mar 28, 2015

I am encouraged by Dr. Doidge's research and hoping it becomes mainstream in treatment arenas. He cites several new therapies that give hope to people that have tried everything to heal from strokes, balance issues, and many types of brain injuries. We have been told there is no treatment but now maybe there is.karen

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