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Reducing the Fear Factor in Cancer

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.    We will most certainly have entered a new era in medicine when the dread of cancer has abated. For decades this dread has been well founded. Both the disease itself and its treatments created anxiety, which is the worst of both worlds. Emotional attitudes tend to shift slowly.  What would it take to turn the corner on cancer?   To enter the range of a “normal” disorder, cancer would have to be 1) Preventable and

Optimistic Thoughts About Cancer–For Real

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D   It’s hard to get people to feel optimistic about cancer, with good reason. It remains the most feared diagnosis in medicine, and fear is a powerful force, all the more so when it contains irrationality. If you ask women, for example, which disorder they are more anxious about, breast cancer or heart disease, there’s little doubt what the answer would be. But fear is a very bad guide to reality. Out of

Reality Appears Incurably Split—Now What?

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Anoop Kumar, MD In many fields, such as medicine, psychology, and neuroscience, there’s a serious problem with the difference between subjective and objective reality. Until this problem is solved, the two realities will never really mesh. At first the subject-object split seems easy enough. If you feel a pain in your foot and you find a rock in your shoe, the rock (objective fact) is the cause of the pain (subjective experience). Medicine, psychology, and neuroscience

Is Inflammation the Key to Aging?

By Deepak Chopra, MD, William C Bushell, PhD, Ryan Castle, David Vago, PhD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.    Ten years ago researchers began to focus on inflammation as a link to disease. They stood out in that they did not emphasize the acute redness and swelling that accompanies the site of a wound or burn as it heals, which is known as acute inflammation. Rather, they discovered clues were leading to something more subtle – a low-grade, chronic inflammation that has few if any

Waking Up to an Invisible Epidemic  

By Deepak Chopra, MD, William Bushell, PhD, Ryan Castle, David Vago, PhD, Peder Olofsson MD, PhD, Mark Lambert   Until very recently, it was fairly unthinkable that our own bodies pose a greater threat to health than any outside disease. Most people have never heard of one of the greatest plagues of the 21st century, because it is caused by one of the most subtle, complex reactions in the body. This plague is inflammation, which in medical terms is the ultimate two-edged sword.   On the positive side, the body’s healing

The Last Paradox: Does the Universe Have a Mind?

Originally published by The San Francisco Chronicle By Deepak Chopra, MD, and Avtar Singh, PhD Until very recently it was nearly laughable among physicists to speak of a conscious universe, and yet the notion now seems to be not only respectable but necessary. The realization is dawning that a true Theory of Everything must include consciousness. Almost every scientist traces any phenomenon, including the mind, back to physical causes. This way of thinking, when applied to the issue of where consciousness comes

The Unlikely Fate of Two Universes

Originally Published in the San Francisco Chronicle By Deepak Chopra, MD, and Avtar Singh, PhD By now most people have heard that a Theory of Everything is within reach in the near future, meaning a unified explanation of the physical forces in the universe. Yet “the near future” has stretched out for several decades.  This apparent overconfidence and undue optimism points to some serious and as yet unexplained oddities and paradoxes afflicting the flagship theories of science, which are unable, in stark contrast

A Surprising Answer to “Who Am I?”

By Deepak Chopra, MD Not many people reflect philosophically on the age-old question, “Who am I?” For practical purposes, everyday life depends on accepting the self that gets up in the morning, eats breakfast, and goes off to work. This makes it seem as if “Who am I?” is a given. But in fact, it isn’t. You are shifting unconsciously from one persona to the next all the time.  There is tremendous importance in this fact, because the shifting self isn’t