Book Review: Thriving in Mind, Body & Spirit
Stacie Deyglio, ND
In his book Thriving in Mind, Body and Spirit, Dr. Dyler provides experiential- and practical-based applications that may be integrated by the lay public to provide familiarity and empowerment during the process of transformation that occurs during healing.
Dr. Dyler has been “reborn in Spirit” as exemplified in his book that he is a man of faith who has fallen deeply in love with God from a Christian-based perspective. As an ND and acupuncturist, Dr. Dyler endeavors to resolve the root cause(s) of his patients’ health issues, not just by treating their symptoms.
“Without including God and his healing power of transformation, the whole person cannot be effectively addressed or treated. Nonetheless, God’s creations – herbal medicine and food – are powerful medicines that many healing traditions use to bring about improved physical health” (p. 29). In this way, his book best demonstrates the naturopathic principle of Tolle Totem.
Thriving in Mind, Body and Spirit is a narrative based on Dyler’s personal journey. Interspersed throughout the text are generous quotes from the King James version of the Bible, as well as naturopathic fundamentals that describe how addressing each patient individually and weighing their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional states equally will lead to transformative awakenings.
The book contains five chapters, each offering a specific approach to understanding the interpretation of God’s message for healing in our lives. Awakening to the Truth (chapter one) is about how the difficulty of our lives serves a greater purpose. Thriving Spiritually (chapter two) describes the function and awareness of spirit and how this can be used to discern the effects of our daily choices. Thriving in Your Mind (and Heart) is chapter three’s discussion of how the mind and emotions may be harmful or helpful to the habits we create for our lives. Thriving in Your Body (chapter four) is a discourse on the toll our physical bodies take as the result of the routine practices we choose.
One Day at a Time is the final chapter of the book. This brief chapter is a summation of the information found in prior chapters. It serves to direct readers how to apply the knowledge learned to their personal lives.
Too often we may find that our patients (and even ourselves) seek the shortcuts and quick resolutions for health problems, finances and spiritual wanderings. More often than not, the shortcuts are by far the choices that lead us down the lengthy road of learning that this may not have been the best choice. By forming good habits and developing discipline for preventing illness and optimizing health, we may be guided to gain wisdom in our lifestyle habits.
Stacie Deyglio, ND received her baccalaureate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in New York. Her personal health issues paved the way to discovering naturopathic medicine in 1999. Resonating with the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Deyglio graduated from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. As a medical student, she was involved in student government, fundraising and the generation of two successful student-run health fairs. Dr. Deyglio’s interests include relating integrative therapeutics to the health of pediatric and geriatric populations. Currently residing in Phoenix, Dr. Deyglio is an avid bookworm, and is actively creating her practice.