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    Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine and Miracles. Today Bernie continues to impart wisdom about the true nature of life and love in his entertaining and enlightening debut fiction novel Three Men, Six Lives. A grand adventure born of Bernie's experience of his current and past lives awaits you. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Go on a journey of wonder and grace with NY Times bestselling author Bernie Siegel, MD and his grandson, Charlie Siegel. Open your heart as grandfather and grandson weave a conversation of love across the generations, sharing what it means to see beyond the challenges of life to the beauty in life’s lessons. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Introducing Dr. Bernie Siegel's new book, No Endings, Only Beginnings. Bernie Siegel is the author of many books on the healing power of the body and the spirit, but this time he wants encourage readers not only to learn from his life and advice, but to create their own manuals for living as well. With the quotes that have filled the pages of his journals and the lessons he has gleaned from them over the years, this book serves as inspiration for readers to assemble their own book of collected wisdom--and their own understanding of the answers to life's big questions. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Barnes & NobleAmazon or Hay House.
    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new audio download, Daily Meditations for Optimal Health. Selected for Dr. Bernie Siegel’s Prescriptions for Living best-selling series, these recordings are a combination of guided imagery, auto-hypnosis and meditations that relieve stress, open the heart, and deeply heal your mind, body and spirit. Learn more.     Available now. Order your copy online today at:  Hay House.
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    This free phone support group will bring people together who are experiencing health challenges and create a community devoted to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. With the help of Dr. Bernie Siegel’s sage wisdom, patients can find hope and healing as they embark on their path forward. By participating in this group, you may learn to embrace each and every challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.

    HOST: Dr. Bernie Siegel is a writer and retired pediatric and general surgeon who writes and teaches about mind-body medicine and the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is internationally known for his best-selling book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. In 1978 he founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patient’s drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP helped to facilitate personal lifestyle changes and personal empowerment of the individual’s life. He has been a global pioneer in improving and humanizing medical education and medical care.

    CO HOST: Dr. Tobi Mansfield is a medical psychologist specializing in helping patients with chronic illness and is the author of “When God Talks Back: Madness or Mysticism?”. She is the director of the Miami Wellness Center in Miami, Florida and a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England.

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  • Q & A with Bernie – October 12, 2020

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    I finished reading your book at 4am today!  I savored it like a nice, decadent piece of chocolate cake that I don’t want to finish quickly.

    So, is it odd that to me it reflected upon my marriage and how bad it is? I realize I find myself sad all the time because though my husband is a nice “family man,” I feel lonely and neglected…he spends more time in his phone, computer, garden, bread machine, bike or watching sick TV series (that I just don’t waste time with) than he does with me. We never do anything together.  We are completely out of sync and I am feeling it in my health. I spend lots of time alone even eating by myself. It is sad.  I know lots of women see it as a blessing to have a nice man around who does groceries and cooks and helps around the house—should I settle for that as well?

    I wonder if maybe he feels like George and wants to get rid of me like he wanted to get rid of Honey!  The thing is I have tried talking to him and he goes back into his shell. I want to check out of this life. It is not what I want. But I don’t know how. I still have my kids around.

    Anyway, just wanted to share that; I imagine your book reflects differently for many people. To me, it shed light on a sucky marriage.  Thanks!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Keep telling your husband how handsome he looks when he troubles you, and how handsome he looks when he is angry. It will change his way of thinking—believe me, it works.

    Tell him you want him to have dinner out tonight, so you are leaving him a sandwich on the front porch.

    Follow your heart and be good to yourselfDo what makes you happy. He didn’t grow up with love as a child, but you can break through his shell with love and laughter.  He is your child, too.

    Peace and love,
    Bernie

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    Caring for the Family of Man

    “What the world needs is some do-give-a-damn pills.”
    ~ Dr. William Menninger

    Just as physical pain is necessary to protect us from harm, emotional pain is necessary to lead us to find and express our compassion and love for our fellow human beings. I don’t want society and politics to numb me so much that I do not notice their pain and mine. I want it treated and cared for personally and for the family of man.

    So next time you feel your stomach growling and go get something to eat, think about the emotional and physical hunger that is being felt around the world—as well as next door—and know that you can make a difference. As the song says, “What the world needs now is love sweet love—that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” We have had enough of wars, so let’s stop fighting and start loving today.

    Peace and Love,
    Bernie

    As St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer begins,
    “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love.”

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 28, 2020

    Dear Bernie:

    I just wanted to say “Thank You” again for your life’s work, and dedication to studying health successes versus health failures. I’m re-reading “Love, Medicine and Miracles” right now, during my morning inspirational reading time.

    I knew living in this house was going to give me cancer… and it has. I was already ‘up the creek’ with severe daily pain of 41 years duration; then I started getting cancer bone pain spikes of 8+ or 9, on a scale of 1 to 9 (1 to 3 = minor; 4 to 6 = moderate pain; 7 to 9 = severe pain… “10″ would knock you out, so I disregard). My pain scale allows me to more accurately discern which degree of pain I’m experiencing and what I need to do about it.

    Good grief! I was not doing too well with that increased pain that started this year on May 13th. But now I have my daily severe pain back down to a more manageable 7+ to 8 at typical maximum. I did it with Creosote Bush (“Chaparral” in Texas and some places), which I had heard about years ago. I am very familiar with it due to my years traipsing the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, and my interest in wild medicinal/useful plants. I had already changed my diet to get much more greens, fruits and veggies, whole foods and fiber, but now more-so, and with a greater percentage of organically grown, when possible.

    Now, by using strong Creosote tea daily mixed with healthy juices, taking more Vitamin C crystals, and cutting back sugar—replaced with agave syrup, molasses, and Stevia, and accepting less sweetness—I have reduced the bone pain spikes. Thank God!

    My doctors are not too supportive. They want me to have a CT-guided biopsy of the vertebrae ‘spot’ found in MRI, which I refuse due to decades of over-use of ‘testing’. I’ve had dozens of scans using contrast in X-ray, MRI, CT, bone scan, etc. as a patient with back injury and chronic pain. My body and my inner self are both telling me “TOO MUCH RADIATION – NO MORE!

    I would appreciate it if you can refer me to an alternative practitioner who can guide me in getting the best care with minimal use of radiation and chemo. If you can tell me a person or group in N Cal who might be a good resource, that would be great. BUT this is a thank you note, primarily. If you are too busy to reply, no worries, it’ll be all gravy to me, whatever.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Look for a homeopathic physician to help guide you.  Ask yourself what pain feels like and eliminate anything from your life which fits those words

    There is a holistic center in northern California but I can’t remember their name.  They did retreats and teaching in the past.  Search holistic health centers in northern California and you will get a list.

    Remember to love your body and have faith.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    The Blessings of Dark Chocolate

    This is a guest post from Prudence Sinclair.

    Hello lovely you!

    I am in such a fine mood this morning. I think it’s because I really love the fall season and on my walk yesterday in the early evening I saw more leaves starting to turn and there was that familiar crispness in the air.

    I also happen to live in a great neighborhood where people take the time and care to decorate their house in the different seasons, so many homes have fall wreaths and haystacks and pumpkins, mums, it’s just a lovely thing to see.

    And that got me to thinking that Halloween is quickly approaching and how children, and let’s be honest, many adults, will be eating copious amounts of sugar, which is about the worst thing you can possibly eat for your health!!!

    Did you know that the average American eats roughly 12 pounds of chocolate a year? And most of that is probably around certain holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Now this wouldn’t be such a frightening statistic if the chocolate they consumed was dark chocolate, as that offers a lot of health benefits!

    6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

    If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you know I’ve touted the benefits of dark chocolate before. Well, I want to share some more benefits with you right now and start with some that are focused on cancer prevention:

    1. Dark Chocolate Fights Free Radicals

    One of the biggest benefits of dark chocolate is that it’s loaded with powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are harmful compounds that contribute to inflammation and hence, the development of many diseases such as cancer.

    Thanks to dark chocolate’s antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, you can help protect yourself from all kinds of disease. And the darker your chocolate, the higher the cacao percentage and the more antioxidants you’ll be able to consume.

    2. Potential Cancer Prevention

    Studies have shown that dark chocolate may have specific benefits when it comes to preventing certain cancers like colon cancer. In one study, dark chocolate was able to effectively reduce the growth and spread of colon cancer cells in rats. Another scientific reviews noted that dark chocolate may help protect against colorectal cancer due to its ability to reduce inflammation and decrease oxidative stress, thereby blocking the growth of cancer cells.

    So why not add some dark chocolate to your diet to help you prevent cancer and other diseases from developing. But dark chocolate offers even more benefits.

    3. Heart Health

    The flavanols found in dark chocolate have been found, according to Cleveland Clinic research, to have a very positive effect on heart health. It seems they have the ability to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart as well as the brain. And, these flavanols also help prevent blood platelets from clotting, which could greatly reduce a person’s risk of having a stroke.

    4. A Better Cholesterol Profile

    Because dark chocolate contains cocoa butter, it is an excellent source of healthy fats and polyphenols, those other antioxidants I mentioned. These both contribute to a better lipid profile when consumed on a regular basis. In fact, according to a study published in Southern Medical Journal, eating dark chocolate for just one week decreased platelet reactivity and reduced inflammation, leading to a significantly improved lipid profile of participants.

    Other studies showed that consuming flavonoid-rich chocolate was effective at reducing levels of total and bad LDL cholesterol, both of which are major risk factors for heart disease.

    5. Brain Health

    As I mentioned a little bit ago, dark chocolate not only increases blood flow to the heart, but also to the brain. This is why some health experts believe it can potentially aid in the treatment of brain issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.

    A 2009 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming flavonoid-rich foods like dark chocolate, wine and tea was linked to better brain function and improved cognitive performance.

    6. Protects Skin Health

    Thanks to that flavonol content, dark chocolate may have an ability to also protect against sun damage. One study found that eating flavonol-rich chocolate could help preventdamage caused by ultraviolet light. This may mean dark chocolate can also help protect against skin cancer. I wish I had known that 30 years ago!

    Now you have to admit, that is an impressive list of health benefits, and it’s not even an exhaustive list!

    But before letting you go I want to make one thing very clear, these benefits come by eating DARK CHOCOLATE, not milk chocolate. Not that stuff your kids will bring home by the bagful in just a few weeks. Dark chocolate does not suit everyone’s palate right away. It is not loaded with sugar like milk chocolate is. But it is delicious.

    Also, even though it has far less sugar than milk chocolate, it still has fat and calories, so be sure to eat in moderation. A tiny square of dark chocolate daily is plenty!

    See, being healthy can be delicious!

    Prue https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 21, 2020

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    I’ve been practicing your suggestions. I find that I have an emotional glitch in loving my body. This stems from the shock and fear I felt when I got a diagnosis of breast cancer. The body that I had trusted and relied on, “turned on me” – or so it felt. I am positive that you understand this. What are your thoughts?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Your body did not get a “live and love” message from you about itself and your life, so it reacts by giving you a way out of your life. Remember the well-known statistic showing Monday morning as the time of day when more heart attacks happen. Tell your body that you know it and love it every moment of your life in every state of health; tell your body, mind, and spirit that you love your life, and you know that each moment is yours and precious just by itself.

    Healing and everyday happiness can come about from having humor in our lives. When we laugh for what may seem like no special reason every 3-4 hours, we cannot feel negative emotions at the same moment. These little bursts of laughter release hormones that make us feel happy, not anxious. If you do three or four of these humorous healing moments spaced out over each day, your body will accumulate the benefits of being fully relaxed and open to healing. This is not about blame and guilt—it is just life. Genes get turned on. Follow your heart, and do what makes you happy within your life’s time.

    Peace and love,
    Bernie

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    This is a guest post submitted by Prudence Sinclair.

    Hello, Lovely You,

    How are you on this wonderful Thursday afternoon? I am a little late with my broadcast today due to work issues that dragged me away from writing to you this morning. I’m back now and ready to write.

    Are You Happy or Unhappy right now?

    Can you answer this question honestly?

    Which one is prevalent in your life, and which one is holding your back from being who you desire to be?

    Are you fearful, worried, angry, jealous? Do you hate someone right now? Have you heard yourself, say, I hate him/her? How did that make you feel when you said the word HATE out loud.

    All of the above words and feelings to those words will keep you unhappy and take you down a road you do not want to go. Your dreams and ambitions will be lost if you keep saying and feeling the energy from these negative emotions.

    Are you hopeful, grateful, thankful and generous?

    Are you kind, courageous, and loving?

    Are you patient and sympathetic?

    Do you aspire to live your best life?

    All of these positive words come from your soul, and the more you use them and mean them, the happier you will become. It is that easy!!

    Prue’s thought for today: ”What words will you use today, tomorrow, and every day?”

    Stay happy!

    Prue

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 14, 2020

    Question for Bernie:

    In one of our previous emails, you sent me some energy, and I saw a message from the sky— crazy right? Hey, I did see it, believe me.

    Lately my energy is kind of blocked, I think people are more selfish because of this Covid-19 situation; well, they used to be before, right?

    If you could please pray for me, and send me more powerful signs, I would be so grateful.

    Just to help me in my new journey.  Maybe new cycles are opening…

    Big Hug and love.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    The mind is yours. You can direct it to accomplish what you want and desire.

    Just start visualizing what you desire and things will change for you.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 7, 2020

    Question for Bernie:

    Dear Dr.  Siegel,

    How are you doing?  I am doing fantastic post mastectomy.  I have started back to work (school nurse) and hope for the best regarding COVID.  I am reading the book you suggested, Faith, Hope and Love.  I am again inspired.  I have met, through my cancer journey some very brilliant doctors, who can’t seem to understand the mind body connection.  Healing as you stated is not just surgery or a pill, it also involves our beliefs and how we feel in our minds.

    I love the part in the book where you are in the Marathon and find a quarter and then a penny (26 cents for the 26 miles you were to run, and then knew you were in the right place).  I am trying to keep positive (mind over matter) these days with all the COVID scares. I find I have to back away from those people who are negative. Thanks for all your help.  Have a great weekend.  I hope you can start up ECAP someday.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are so right. Years ago I was the controversial Dr. Siegel.  There are no coincidences.

    Tell the doctors to read my books, too.

    With time, at Yale the doctors began to love my “crazy” patients because they did so well!

    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    Dear Dr. Siegel,

    I tell all the doctors to read your books; my naturopath is probably the only one that showed any interest.  You may have been controversial, but were right on with the mind body connection and healing.  I am now going to start writing down my dreams, because I lose them very quickly when I get up.  A few I still remember to this day.

    Hope you have a nice rest of the weekend.

    P.S. And thanks for responding to me, I so appreciate it.  I just feel so fortunate that I am able to read your books and get to be in communication with you.  You and all the prayers I receive are what have helped me so much in this journey.

    I am now in the decision journey about the current medication to keep cancer away, but it is worsening my bones (osteoporosis).  Any alternative medications come with very severe side effects.  I am working with the naturopathic doctor, and am in the process of finding a new cancer doctor who is more in line with the way I would like to heal.  I am meeting with one this week.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    There are many anti-estrogen natural foods and substances.

    I hope your naturopath will guide you.

    …and keep loving your body.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 31, 2020

    Question for Bernie:

    Hello Bernie,

    Hope you’re well and doing things you love. I’m hoping to gain your insight – I recently had a surgery to remove an inclusion cyst and two weeks later a carcinoma spot on my ear.

    Do you believe that emotions are underlying for such conditions?  As a surgeon and a healing practitioner, I’d love your input. I hope to never go through these surgeries again. The ear was extraordinarily painful and the cyst was in the crotch region and no fun. Anything I can do to prevent them? Thank you!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Emotions play a role in affecting out internal environment and the immune function.

    Love your body and your life.  Let your heart make decisions not thinking, but feeling.

    Picture what you desire and not what you fear.

    Pay attention to diet and healthy supplements, and laugh for no reason every few hours.

    Live your authentic life.

    What word or words describes what you are experiencing? Remove anything from your life which fits those words.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 24, 2020

    Question for Bernie:

    Dear Dr. Siegel,
    I hope you are doing well and taking care of yourself. :)

    I wanted to share with you this news that worries me.  I’ve been having terrible headaches for weeks and I figured the fastest way to take care of it before a doctor’s appointment is getting treated at the ER, since the pain was too much. So I went in yesterday and it turns out they found what they call an “incidental finding” a 1.3 mm cyst in my pineal gland nonetheless.

    I was hoping for your thoughts on this, and maybe some more words of wisdom from you. I am scheduled to see a neurologist soon. I am praying it really is nothing to worry about. I wish I lived closer to you so I could be your patient!!!

    Thank you for your time, and lots of love.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I doubt the cyst is anything to worry about.

    What does your headache pain feel like? Ask yourself what else in your life fits that word, and eliminate it from your life.

    Relax. Breathe.

    Peace.
    Bernie

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