Self help books can get your head spinning with all the quick-fix methods and formulas designed to promote the author.
I've read parts of lots of them, even all of some.
Think and Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big, The Power of Positive Thinking, and many others.
A few decades and piles of books later, I've come to realize that I'm too stubborn to be moved significantly by books which try to appeal to my desire to get rich.
Books on natural healing, great nutrition, the power of the human body to maintain and heal itself, alternative health and mind power - these are the self help books I find highly beneficial.
Eckhart Tolle doesn't write about self healing, natural healing or alternative health, but his teachings are greatly beneficial in terms of enabling true mind power.
His first book, The Power of Now, provides a strong hint with the title.
Learning to allow ego to be diminished and finally eliminated by understanding your relationship to now - the present moment - is only difficult because of all the training we've received from all the books which successfully built our egos.
Lots of writers over the last 5 or more decades have promoted the idea that a strong, positive, confident ego is very helpful for successful living - especially from a financial perspective.
I'm still a novice where Eckhart's teachings are concerned. I'll probably continue reading and studying them indefinitely.
Practicing meditation as described by Tolle is very helpful for clearing your mind of the extraneous, uncontrolled inner chatter that tends to go on constantly.
Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz is a book I've read and reread several times. I read it the first time about 40 years ago.
Maltz was a plastic surgeon - a medical doctor who recognized that everyone has tremendous innate abilities for self healing mentally, emotionally, and physically.
A lot of self help books are not specifically written to be part of the that category of literature.
Nonetheless they fit into that category because of the valuable information the provide from a wide variety of sources.
This is especially true with books about diet, exercise, alternative health, and some written by highly trained scientists and physicians.
One such book written very recently is Clean, by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Clean is very fascinating for several reasons.
It promotes alternative health care - in spite of having been written by a medical doctor.
Dr. Junger is an extremely competent physician who believes in the ability of the human body to heal itself. He's the first doctor I've run across who actually informs his patients and his readers about toxins - including those toxins in medicines.
If you've been into alternative health care, you know about toxins and how they adversely affect us from the inside out and from the outside in.
But we had to learn about them from chiropractors, massage technicians, nutritionists, and other alternative health providers.
Dr. Junger covers toxins in great depth - not only where they come from, how they poison us, but how to get rid of them.
If you don't have one yet, run out and buy one today.
Phy*si*cian by Richard Leviton has been extremely valuable to me. The subtitle is "Medicine and the Unsuspected Battle for Human Freedom."
I first started reading this work by Leviton about 10 years ago.
It's extremely valuable because it's so thoroughly researched. Every chapter has a very long list of related books and articles which serves as a bibliography for that chapter.
Mr. Leviton has provided a wonderful service for us all by showing how politics has caused modern medicine to take a certain path with blinders on.
Other books and shorter works approach the same message, but Leviton's work is incredibly comprehensive.
Mr. Leviton and many of the author's referenced by him must be gratified lately seeing many of the concepts in Physician now being bolstered by more recent scientific evidence such as that provided by Dr. Bruce Lipton and Dr. Alejandro Junger.
There are lots more self help books that are very worthwhile for anyone interested in developing his ability to be in charge of his own health care.
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