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Book Review: “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton – and Beyond

In 2005 cell biologist Bruce Lipton published “The Biology of Belief.,” and since has attracted a good deal of attention in the natural health and healing world. For anyone who has read classic self help books like “As a Man Thinketh”, by James Allen or seen films like “The Secret” the underlying idea of Lipton’s book will sound familiar. It goes something like this:

You are in control of your life and what you believe about yourself determines what you experience.

This idea is nothing new. In fact, you can trace it back at least a few thousand years to the Upanishads:

You are what your deep driving desire is. As your deep driving desire is, so is your will. As your will is so is your deed. As your deed is so is your destiny.” (Maitiri Upanishads)

But the way in which Lipton brings this idea out of the clouds and into the physical body is fresh and innovative.

Lipton argues that our bodies are a cooperative community of 50 trillion intelligent cells that biologyofbeliefwork together for mutual benefit. In order to work and live together these cells depend on communication pathways that run through the membranes of the cells. When these membranes are open and flexible, information passes freely between cells and vibrant health results.

What’s important then, from the perspective of cellular health, is to make sure these membranes stay open and flexible. If you’ve ever seen photos comparing blood cells you’ll notice that healthy ones have thin easy moving membranes, while sick ones have thick rigid borders. Lipton eloquently points us to the idea that unhealthy ones are “protecting” themselves while healthy ones are “growing.”

But what makes a cell protect itself or grow? According to Lipton’s research it’s all in the environment. If you provide the cell with a clean, life affirming environment, it’s going to grow and if you surround it with toxins, it’s going to protect itself.

Following Lipton’s argument, one key to enjoying great health, a key is to provide a clean, life affirming environment for your cells. The million dollar question…”how do I do that?” Lipton’s basic answer to the big question is: “believe you can.” Lipton cites a few impressive “placebo cases” where sick people get better by using fake medicines or surgeries that they believe will work.

But then he admits that belief is very slippery issue and is controlled by something most of us are not aware of: the subconscious. That’s why self help strategies like positive thinking and goal setting don’t always get results. If your subconscious agrees with your positive thoughts, you’ll get results, but if it doesn’t you won’t. For example, you can think “I am radiantly healthy” all day, but if your subconscious mind believes that you are genetically predisposed to get cancer, it will trump your positive thoughts.

This is where Lipton leaves us in the “Biology of Belief,” at the edge of the vast and mysterious unconscious.

Without stepping too far out into that mystery, the most important conclusion I draw from Lipton’s book is the supreme importance of keeping the fluid surrounding the cells of our bodies clean. To me, that means making sure to eat only high quality, life affirming foods and drinks into our bodies. That’s why I’m such a big advocate of internal cleansing, and the living food diet. Both of these practices have been shown to drive toxins from your body.

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