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Interview with Dr David Hamilton

posted 7 May 2015, 08:47 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 13 May 2015, 09:32 ]

By Louise Jensen

One of the most devastating parts of my life so far was an unapologetic consultant telling me there was nothing he could do for me, despite only being in my 30’s with 3 children to care for, I was now classed as disabled with no hope of recovery.  (See about me page for more details).  As a holistic therapist I had bookshelves full of the self- help genre of book which I lent out to clients, sometimes starting them myself but never finishing truth be told.  One day somebody passed on to me ‘How your mind can heal your body’ by Dr. David Hamilton.  Appreciating the kind gesture and quite frankly having nothing better to do with my time at that point being immobile, I unenthusiastically began to read.  Wow.  I am so glad I did.  Through my work as a kinesiologist I was a great advocate of the power of positive thinking but the way this book is structured, with scientific evidence backing up David’s opinions and true life stories, I felt a flicker of something I hadn’t felt for myself for a long time; hope.

I was really happy to be able to chat to David recently and thrilled to find that the love that radiates out from his books is, in fact, genuine.  David really does care and dedicates his life to educating people to unleash the hidden power of their minds.  Of course I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions to appear exclusively on The Happy Starfish.

David, you have been a great inspiration to me and made me realise that despite what doctors, x-rays and scans may say there is always hope and I do, in fact, have an important part to pay in my own healing.  What inspired you to explore the mind/body connection so deeply?

It was learning of the placebo effect while I worked in drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. I started to investigate the chemistry that occurred in the brain and body when a person believed something.

It’s a fascinating subject.  Your books have been critical to my recovery so far and I have been massively encouraged by the case studies in them.  What is the greatest physical healing you have seen?

I tend to hear from people rather than actually see them myself. I do know people who have used visualization to help their recovery from illness and disease though - for instance cancer. Of course, they used medicine too. Visualization isn't a tool you use instead of other things, but something you use in addition to other things, which might include a healthy lifestyle change. I have used visualization on myself on several occasions, especially as a very physically active person, mostly to help with recovery from muscle strains.

It’s reassuring to hear that you use your own techniques.  Do you find your state of mind keeps you healthy?  How often are you unwell?

Fortunately I've not been ill for a few years. I did have a chest infection back in 2008 and have had the odd cold.

That’s fortunate – need you fit and healthy to carry on with your amazing work.  So what’s next for you?

I have just finished a book - "Is Your Life Mapped Out?" which comes out in October 2012. I'm planning to start another early next year.

That’s great – looking forward to reading that already.  Thanks for taking the time to speak to The Happy Starfish.

Louise Jensen

Dr David Hamilton