Caveat emptor on this one. Dr Lipton is one of the best biology teachers I have had the pleasure to experience. His explanations of the workings of the cell, the role of DNA, and gene regulation are deeply insightful - I understood several aspects better than I did before. However, he uses this foundation to build a Gaia-esque philosophy of existence as if one followed logically from the other. He ignores huge jumps of logic, quotes favorable research while ignoring contrary views, etc.
The basic story is that we are all about energy and that we can control energy, and thereby everything about ourselves, including health. This is a viable point of view, it his belief that his formal biology science proves it that I find a 'bridge too far'. It is based on three premises: first that nature is fractal - that the cell is the elemental unit of life (fine so far), all fauna are communities of cells (intriguing hypothesis), societies are communities of people, earth is a community of communities that inhabit it, the universe is a community of planets....; secondly that the molecular processes that power the cell are based on the energy forces within the atoms that make them up (true); and thirdly, that since we can control our energy, we can control everything about us (at least open to serious debate, but probably just wishful thinking)
I had to stop listening after 2 hours. Jumping between facts, misrepresenting main stream medicine and coming up with conclusions out of no where, made this flight of though book just too much for me.
There is an abundance of scientific explanation of what happens to our cells and the author does a good job for the firstr 3/4 of the book in explaining how everything is connected within the body. Some of his languaging is more academic than a lay person would understand and can become redundant.
The last 1/4 of the book is spent with him trying to philosophy his arguments and try to attach the evidence of cells to how humans evolved from the smallest of bacteria. He follows this up with the basic message that it is enevitable that as we disregard and even harm our bodies, it is exactly the same thing that we are doing to the planet and if we don't change our ways, we will be part of the 6th massive extinction on this planet.
If I would have known the above, I would have read the first 3/4 of the book, because it was worthwhile and not the last portion, because there really isn't anything else he describes in the way of research or applicability to the knowledge he gave in the first part of the book.
The audio sample sounded good, and I thought the book would have current research in microbiology. Instead, it contains unfounded and improbable speculations, such as how cells can get "negative vibes" from interference patterns that cancel each other out and how the brain is a fractal (while disavowing any New Age influence). There are a couple of useful analogies and insights in the book, but mostly the author talks about how wrong Newton and Darwin were, and tries to revive the theories of Lamarck. I was waiting for an explanation of how a cell's environment could modify that cell's DNA, but that answer slipped away in a barrage of hand-waving about gene regulation. The author told a personal story about how everyone left the room while he was giving a lecture. Had I been there, I would have led the pack.
As a PhD in chemical physics and and active worker now in biology (vaccine research), I can only conclude that some editor forgot that a responsibility is to check facts. This book is looney!
This is tough for me to listen to. It does have some good content but I don't find it keeps my attention very well. Not time well-spent for me.
No, I don't think so.
Not for me...very rambling.
I must say that this is the worst book I've ever read. As a Scientist with a PhD working in the field of Protein Biochemistry, I highly recommend that you skip this book of nonsense, as many critical ideas presented here lack any scientific merit. Enough said. Save your money and most of all save your time.
As a biology major, in 1978, I came up with most of this silliness in dorm room bull sessions. It seems he is more interested in presenting his loopy analogies as science than truely explaining any recent advances.
Absolutely not, I was appauled enough that I couldn't even finish the book.
No amount of performance can make up for bad content
Bruce has some good points of view here that you should know about. He introduces new accents and possibilities on how your attitude can affect your cells and overall health. This is another topic on the leading edge of science and opinion and I believe it has a lot of merit. If you are open to new ideas to help yourself, then read and consider what he has to say and how you can reprogram for the better.