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Editor’s Note

“A Mind/Body Classic...”

Ditch the prescription drugs & treat stress, anxiety, or tension with Dr. Benson’s groundbreaking mind/body approach to inside-out health.
Mallory F.
Scribd Editor

When Dr. Herbert Benson introduced this simple, effective, mind/body approach to relieve stress in The Relaxation Response twenty-five years ago, the book became an instant national bestseller. Since that time, millions of people have learned the secret of the relaxation response--without high-priced lectures, drugs, or prescription medicine. The tremendous success of this approach has turned The Relaxation Response into the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat the harmful effects of stress.

This revitalizing, therapeutic approach, discovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical ailments. Requiring only minutes to learn, and just ten to twenty minutes of practice twice a day, the Relaxation Response has proven to be one of the most effective ways to relieve the tensions of modern-day living for a richer, healthier, more productive life.

Topics: Yoga, Stress, Meditation, Anxiety, Happiness, Mindfulness, Inspirational, Informative, and How-To Guides

Published: HarperCollins on Sep 22, 2009
ISBN: 9780061966002
List price: $6.99
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It is probably one of the most useful books I´ve read. read more
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The first have was very bland (all this stuff about blood pressure and how high blood pressure happens...not at all the reason I'm interested in the topic), but the section about meditation practices in world religions was very interesting, as was the section on how to elicit the Relaxation Response. So, three stars rather than the two I would have given it had I stopped with the blood presure stuff.read more
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This is the perfect example of a medical book that is dated but not out of date. The science that Benson describes in this book has held up to later scrutiny. Using meditative techniques, whether from transcendental meditation or from any religious tradition, can help improve your health. In particular, Benson shows how regular use of these techniques can lower blood pressure. In turn, lower blood pressure will decrease a person's susceptibility to atherosclerosis, stroke and heart disease. For that reason, it is worth reading.It's worth noting that if you are reading the original edition, some of the examples are dated. For example, Benson sites a study that notes that stress is notably increased in people who held a mortgage over $10,000. Today, we would say that such a person has almost paid off their house! Still, these examples do not detract from his overall argument that meditation can provide health benefits when used regularly.read more
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It is probably one of the most useful books I´ve read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The first have was very bland (all this stuff about blood pressure and how high blood pressure happens...not at all the reason I'm interested in the topic), but the section about meditation practices in world religions was very interesting, as was the section on how to elicit the Relaxation Response. So, three stars rather than the two I would have given it had I stopped with the blood presure stuff.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is the perfect example of a medical book that is dated but not out of date. The science that Benson describes in this book has held up to later scrutiny. Using meditative techniques, whether from transcendental meditation or from any religious tradition, can help improve your health. In particular, Benson shows how regular use of these techniques can lower blood pressure. In turn, lower blood pressure will decrease a person's susceptibility to atherosclerosis, stroke and heart disease. For that reason, it is worth reading.It's worth noting that if you are reading the original edition, some of the examples are dated. For example, Benson sites a study that notes that stress is notably increased in people who held a mortgage over $10,000. Today, we would say that such a person has almost paid off their house! Still, these examples do not detract from his overall argument that meditation can provide health benefits when used regularly.
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