Bruce Lipton's writing in The Biology of Belief is like the butter sandwich he presents in his book--soft and porous on the outside with hard core facts on the inside. When Bruce lets loose, his stories are fun to read--life stories you just can't make up...like when he left teaching science at the University of Wisconsin to manage a rock band until he ran out of dough and synchronistic events brought him back to his life's work--being a revolutionary in the world of biology. You don't have to be a geek to read Bruce's book, although you do have to be focused and patient to get through the explanations of cellular structure. If you are patient, you will see that Bruce leads you to the exciting world of your body and the new science of epigenetics which is creating a historical paradigm in the way we prevent and treat illness.
Bruce Lipton explains that the conscious mind or "our will" can't effect deep change--such as thinking positively. Only the subconscious mind where information has been stored from pre-natal time until the age of approximately 6 years old is where permanent change happens. He explains that if we can reprogram our subconscious mind, we will effect real change in our bodies and our life.
By treating the subconscious and by being aware of conscious habits like thinking negatively, Lipton claims that the future of the pharmaceutical industry will be turned on its head. He envisions preventative medicine and the treatment of illness will be energy based. He gives us examples where energy is already playing a role in curing illness such as non-invasive laser surgery.
The statistic that most amazed me was that "iatrogenic illness [illness resulting from medical treatment] is actually the leading cause of death in the United States and that adverse reactions to prescription drugs are responsible for more than 300,000 deaths a year."
That was shocking but it also made me think that in 50 years, we would going to a doctor (maybe) for an illness and be given a prescription of a Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy, at least 5 Louise Hay affirmations, watching I Love Lucy 5 days a week and daily dose of meditation and new age music offered by your local cable company On Demand--all to change the energy being read by the membrane of your cells for a healthier YOU. No more pill boxes with labels for each day of the week. No more mixing pills for various illnesses wondering if anyone in the world knows whether the concoction will kill you.
The Biology of Belief is solid science that shows us the power behind the energy of our beliefs. You'll learn something but you must strap on your belt to go for a science ride into the future of medicine and allow your mind to envision how our bodies will be treated for illness in the second quarter of the 21st century.
I thought the spiritual epilogue was choppy, and I was waiting for Bruce to tell me which techniques had a higher probability of effecting cellular change. He presented the placebo effect, the effects of stress on the body, the importance of changing the subconscious mind, and how cells pick up on good and bad energy. Bruce gave us evidence that we can energetically change our cells to effect a different outcome, but I didn't get enough science behind certain healing techniques. Bruce does mention that we need to have more scientific research in the area of epigenetics and that funding for this type of work is not readily available through governmental agencies, universities, and certainly not the pharmaceutical companies. So, Bruce is on the cutting edge, waiting for some progressive foundations to provide funding which has been the case with most major breakthroughs in science historically.
To get away from the pill popping craziness, we eagerly await the next round of experiments that will take epigenetics to the next level which will be practical self application. In the meantime, we'll alter Henry Ford's old saying to, "Whether you believe you are ill or healthy, you are right."
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