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A bold new look at healing from Dean Ornish, M.D. The visionary physician who showed-for the first time-that heart disease is reversible by changing diet and lifestyle now reveals one of the most powerful factors in health and illness: the healing power of love, intimacy, and spiritual transformation. According to Dr. Ornish, I am not aware of any other factor in medicine-not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery-that has a greater impact on our quality of life, incidence of illness, and premature death from almost all causes. Dr. Ornish is a pioneer once more as he persuasively argues that love and intimacy are a root cause of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. In Love & Survival, Dr. Ornish provides a review of the science supporting the powerful role of intimacy in health and illness, reveals in very personal terms his own struggles with intimacy and meaning, and describes strategies and techniques for enhancing love, intimacy, and communication.