Book Reviews: The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory and The Body Remember, Vol. 2.

The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

by Stephen Porges (Norton, 2017)

The Body Remembers, Volume Two: Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment

by Babette Rothschild (Norton, 2017)

I have been enjoying these latest new resources for understanding the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and I am inspired to create a plea to the experts to tweak the message. In my view, the issues are:

  • Whether the “social engagement system,” … more

  • Book Review: Break the Code of Your Illness


    Break the Code of Your Illness: The Link Between Emotional Distress and Health Disorders
    Isabelle Benarous
    Bioreprogramming Press, 2010. 91 pages.

    For health care professionals of any modality, this remarkable book explores the connections between mind and body, at a profound level. My only regret is that I did not discover it sooner! … more

    Seeking Balance in Current Politics

    Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
    By Nancy MacLean
    Viking 2017

    “Balance Personal Rights with Social Duties.”
    – Georgia Guidestones, Principle #8, 1980, author unknown

    I am frequently asked about the current political scene. Many people are upset by the daily news and fearful of where events might lead. I hear comments … more

    CS-R Reflections

    ** As a part of the final exam for the BCST program, we ask students to reflect on their experience of the course, and what impact it had for them. Our most recent group, “Class R” just graduated and we wanted to share some highlights from their feedback on the course. It was a privilege to spend over 1.5 years with them, and we are excited to see what they do next!

    I have learned … more

    CS-Q Reflections

    As a part of their final exam, we asked the recent graduates of the Group “Q” BCST training to reflect on their experience in the course and its impact on their life. We were moved and humbled by their touching and profound comments, and it just felt right to share. We are deeply grateful to these students and excited to see what they do next!


    The BCST course has been life-changing for me. I … more

    Book Review: Moving with the Elements

    Moving with the Elements

    Thea Beaulieu
    Biosonics, 2015

    Book Review by John Chitty

    This is a delightful addition to the Polarity Therapy section of your library, although it is not directly about Polarity. Thea Beaulieu is well known in the APTA community, having presented at many conferences in the past and being a steady supporter of Polarity Therapy over the years.

    As the book describes, Thea Beaulieu’s primary training and passion is dance, specifically … more

    Book Review: Polarity Therapy Workbook

    Polarity Therapy Workbook

    John Beaulieu
    Biosonics, 2016

    Book Review by John Chitty

    John Beaulieu is the ultimate Renaissance Man of Polarity Therapy. Therapist, teacher, author, APTA leader, scientist, musician, businessman, even champion golfer: what is left to do. Among his several books, Polarity Therapy Workbook (1996) is probably most influential for Polarity Therapists. Now he has re-published this classic in a second edition, no doubt to the delight of Polarity teachers everywhere whose jobs … more

    Book Review: The New Medicine

    The New Medicine: Understanding Cancer and Other Biological Programs

    Lars Peter Kronlob
    Edition Esoterick, 2013.

    Book Review by John Chitty

    Polarity Therapists may be familiar with the “New Medicine” work of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, born in 1935 in Germany. His unique ideas are quite compatible with the work of Randolph Stone, specifically in emphasizing how health conditions precipitate from subtle mental to gross physical manifestation. However Hamer’s message contains remarkable additional insight in … more

    Book Review: Tripping Over the Truth

    Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure

    Trevor Christofferson
    CreateSpace 2014

    Review by John Chitty

    I have a special interest in cancer books, and this one just moved to the front of my list of most highly recommended.

    Tripping Over the Truth tells the story of cancer research in America, particularly the emergence of two theories and sets of strategies. … more

    Book Review: A Mind of Your Own

    A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

    Kelly Brogan, MD, with Kristen Loberg
    Harper, 2016

    Review by John Chitty

    A terrific new resource for holistic health enthusiasts, this should become required reading for anyone in the health care professions. The message is not really new but A Mind of Your Own offers excellent, comprehensive information in a succinct and up-to-date presentation.