Book review: “Reclaiming Your Power: Mastering Optimal Health and Wellness: Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually”
Posted Apr 24 2010 11:59pm
By Dr. Corey Sondrup
Review by Scott Keith
Have you lost the zip you usually have? Do you feel sluggish, and can’t quite put your finger on the problem? An Ogden, Utah chiropractor has some suggestions on how you can boost your energy and recapture your enthusiasm for life. Dr. Corey Sondrup has written a lively how-to manual titled, “Reclaiming Your Power: Mastering Optimal Health and Wellness: Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually.”
Sondrup, in an interview with Men and Health: It’s a Guy Thing, says he started out as a chiropractic physician. He soon discovered that many of his patients had emotional issues. At first, Sondrup felt he wasn’t qualified to deal with these problems. “I would always refer them to therapists, psychologists and social workers. But they always came back to me saying, ‘you helped me more than anybody.’” This inspired Sondrup, known to his patients as Dr. Corey, to study techniques that incorporate a body-mind-spirit approach to health care. Sondrup says he has read many self-help books that tell you what the problem is, but not how to fix it. “I wanted to develop a book that had techniques and meditations that would actually clear up imbalances in the body.”
Sondrup’s personal belief is that the body, in and of itself, is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. Sondrup writes, By giving the body what it needs (love, compassion, forgiveness, water, nutrition, exercise, and rest) and removing the roadblocks (self-limiting beliefs, and repressed emotions and feelings) and the body can – and will– restore itself to optimal health. Sondrup says, “essentially we have three systems that run the body: the nervous system, the acupuncture system and the immune system. They control all our organs, all our glands, all our muscles, the production of hormones, steroids and neurotransmitters. If one, or all three, of these systems gets knocked offline, we have a problem, we have a pain, we have an illness, we have a disease, we have a syndrome.” Sondrup says his job, as a physician, is to balance the three systems. When properly balanced, adds Sondrup, the body is going to take care of itself. “What causes those systems to primarily go offline is we’re not drinking our water, we’re not getting enough rest, we’re not exercising.” When you add suppressed emotions or feelings or self-limiting beliefs, any one of those, says Sondrup, can disrupt the three systems and cause imbalance in the body.
According to this informative and eye-opening book, the two biggest obstacles we face in reclaiming our power are fear and self-doubt. Says Sondrup, “My book is designed to eliminate any fear or self-limiting beliefs, or self-doubt, so it puts us in a position to attract more of what we truly want in our lives without any roadblocks getting in the way.”
Chapter 12 introduces you to the “crosslink position,” an exercise you can try in the comfort of your home, or even at the office, to help you maximize your energy. Writes Sondrup: The basic premise of the crosslink position is that it allows the right and left hemispheres of our brain to be more balanced with each other. This, in turn, allows for greater communication between both hemispheres. According to Sondrup, left-brained people tend to be more logical, mechanical, and scientifically oriented; right-brained people tend to be more creative, feeling, and artistic oriented. An illustrated figure on page 93 shows you how to assume the position. Note: be prepared to touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth!
Sondrup’s book is both an educational and refreshing read. You’ll learn a lot about yourself. Perhaps you’ll even discover a few techniques that will make it easy for you to jump out of bed and tackle life to its fullest. If you happen to be feeling the blahs, you may be surprised at Dr. Corey’s number one piece of advice: “Water, Water and Water.” He says people drink soda pop, energy drinks and coffee. “Basically, if they would replace all that and just drink plenty of water, they would have all the energy they need. Water is huge. It’s the most overlooked thing we can do to address our health, and it has the biggest impact.”