As some of you know, I have been recommending Dr. Andrew Weil’s book, Healthy Aging, for years. Although this book is a wonderful overview about how to improve health and make healthy choices, this book also loses some readers in technical language and scientific pontification. Where a male author fails in communication, leave it to a woman to bridge the gaps with a disarming tone and simple stories that real people can relate to. I am speaking of Dr. Tieraona Low Dog.
In her book called Life Is Your Best Medicine, you’ll find many similarities in the messages presented to those found in Healthy Aging. The first section is all about “Honoring The Body” and guides people in the areas of food, movement, vitamins, herbs and sleep. Most of this information is nothing new to anyone who has followed Dr. Weil’s teachings. However, her tone, language and stories are much more engaging.
After this first section, Dr. Low Dog’s book takes a refreshing turn towards the senses and the spirit. For example, in the section about music, she explains to readers that the benefits of listening to music “may be due to the fact that it can trigger the release of dopamine. This neurotransmitter, or brain chemical, is associated with happiness, reward, arousal, motivation, and pleasure.” She then goes on to tell us about some research that shows that those who listen to music might experience less chronic pain. Best of all, she gives readers suggestions about how to “Let Music Be Your Medicine”. Those of you who have been to my office know that music is very important to me. That is why I applaud Dr. Low Dog for communicating the importance of music therapy in her book.
Dr. Low Dog continues her exploration about using the senses to improve health by talking about sight and nature; smell, taste and gardens; and the healing powers of touch. All of these chapters are intertwined with her personal stories and experiences as if she were revealing her personal health secrets. Once you reach the section about “Listening to Spirit”, you feel almost shy about entering her life that she has exposed for our benefits. In the section about forgiveness, she tells us about her cheating ex-husband and let’s her own experience become that guiding pathway towards fulfilling our own needs for forgiveness. Readers also experience joy, laughter and playfulness in other sections that take on the lighter sides of spirituality. The entire book culminates into what all of us ultimately seek: resiliency and contentment.
Yes, resiliency gives you the advantage of being able to bounce back from anything that life throws at you. And contentment allows peace and tranquility to wash over your sandy shores. This book is not only a guide about health; this book is also a beacon for anyone looking to sail towards calmer spiritual waters. Life really can be your best medicine if you have a gifted guide like author Tieraona Low Dog and her warmly engaging book called Life Is Your Best Medicine.