Dr. Dean Shrock is convinced that mind and body work together when it comes to health. Two of his books, Doctor’s Orders: Go Fishing and Why Love Health: Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine are interesting treatises explaining the science (hard and soft) behind his teaching in the mind-body-health field. Shrock was Director of Mind Body Medicine for a physician management group of 40 cancer centers, so he has a lot of clout behind him.
I met him at a conference where we were both speaking, we struck up a conversation and I said I was interested in reviewing his books, which he generously donated to the cause, even after I told him what I tell all authors - I'm not a book reviewer. I only write about books I like. I liked his books.
Shrock’s books are the way to discover the complicated interaction of the mind and body. If I could explain it here, there’d be no need to read the books. Besides, I don’t want to over-simplify his message.
I will say that one of my favorite parts of Why Love Heals is where Shrock talks of his teaching and how he thought that his message was what helped people. Yet he heard repeatedly that what helped people the most was that he “listened.” Not that he talked, but that he listened.
Shrock’s Web page, www.deanshrock.com, offers his books, audio courses and other ways to improve our mind/body health experience. If his knowledge and teaching products can help people with cancer, why not caregivers and those of us aging boomers who are trying to stay healthy? His work is, in my opinion, worth investigating.