Love Is the Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion (Paperback)
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"This book puts music, laughter, and heart front and center, and the results are magical."
- Mark Hyman, M.D.
In Dr. Steven Eisenberg's oncology practice, the enemy is cancer, but it's also denial, anger, and fear—draining emotions that can interfere with the effectiveness of treatment. Every day, Dr. Steven helps patients fight cancer using both time-tested conventional therapies and innovative medical technologies. At the same time, he helps them overcome negative emotions by cultivating acceptance, love, and self-compassion in a deeply personal way, through laughter, empathy, and the music he plays and sings for and with them.
In Love Is the Strongest Medicine, Dr. Steven shares:
“When everything else falls away," Dr. Steven writes, “whether you are in a hospital exam room or tucked in bed at home, whether you are sick or well, patient, caregiver, or medical professional—the love that remains is the miracle.”
About the Author
Steven Eisenberg is a triple-board-certified physician in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. He is a co-founder of cCARE, California’s largest medical oncology practice, and serves as the practice’s medical director of integrative oncology. His research publications include articles on novel therapies for cancer, and his special interests are breast cancer treatment, cancer prevention, patient engagement, and new health care technologies. Dr. Eisenberg was one of the first graduates of FutureMed at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Building on his expertise in health care technology, he joined the faculty of Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine program and entered the ranks of the world’s top medical innovators.
Dr. Eisenberg has won numerous awards for his commitment to meaningful patient engagement. His practice of writing songs with his patients earned him the nickname “the singing oncologist” and helped him become the most-followed oncologist on Twitter and an in-demand conference speaker. His work has been featured on NBC’s TODAY as well as in People, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. He is the host of The Dr. Steven Show and podcast.
“Love is the Strongest Medicine puts music, laughter, and heart front and center, and the results are magical.” — Mark Hyman, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and best-selling author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
“We talk a lot about how doctors guide patients, but in this book we’re reminded the guidance goes both ways. Dr. Steven’s strengths as an oncologist are forged in patient relationships that fill him with compassion, faith, commitment, grief, and joy. He has our stories and lessons etched on his heart.” — Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author and Cancer Thriver
“Dr. Eisenberg’s experiences and the lessons he takes from them evolve into a sensitive manifesto for surviving the cancer experience without losing yourself. His book reminds us that sometimes it’s the weight of our setbacks and suffering that drives us to urgently, resiliently strive to fulfill our purpose.” — Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and best-selling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work and Personality Isn’t Permanent
“Dr. Steven Eisenberg’s story of becoming the kind of doctor who sings and dances and goes for joyrides with his patients, who equally gives and takes lessons, is about more than health care! It’s about how we treat each other, how we care for ourselves, and how we navigate both sickness and health.” — Liana Werner-Gray, certified nutritionist and best-selling author of The Earth Diet and Anxiety-Free with Food
“Love is the Strongest Medicine will stay with you long after you close its cover.” — Daniel Amen, M.D., founder of the Amen Clinics and 10-time best-selling author
“Peace, hope, creativity, and oncology—one of these is not like the others. And yet in Dr. Steven Eisenberg’s world they blend seamlessly to light a path through the cancer experience.” — Pedram Shojai, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, founder of Well.org, and best-selling author of The Urban Monk and The Art of Stopping Time
“I defy anyone to come away from this book without feeling motivated to change another person’s life for the better. Eisenberg’s enthusiasm is honest and infectious.” — JJ Virgin, nutrition, fitness, and mindset expert and best-selling author of The Virgin Diet
“The story of this ‘singing doctor’ and the patients who guide and inspire him is TLC for the soul.” — Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., pharmacist and best-selling author of Hashimoto’s Protocol
“Two parts eminently qualified oncologist, one part comic, one part troubadour—Dr. Steven Eisenberg is a true original. His story of learning to practice medicine with a creative mind and a wide-open heart is an inspiration.” — Natalie Jill, founder and CEO of Natalie Jill Fitness and best-selling author of Natalie Jill’s 7-Day Jump Start
“We’re not deficient in drugs and surgery. There’s plenty of that to go around. What we are deficient in is connection, love, support, and providing a sense of significance. That’s what the physician of the future will be armed with, and Dr. Eisenberg is leading the way.” — Shawn Stevenson, best-selling author of Sleep Smarter and host of iTunes #1 health podcast "The Model Health Show"
“Dr. Eisenberg looks at the cancer experience through multiple lenses: as patient, physician, Sherpa, and artist. Thanks to his candid and sensitive approach, his readers will gain invaluable insights as they, or their loved ones, face major life challenges.” — Alex Jadad, M.D., healer, philosopher, educator, innovator, advocate, and founder of Beati Inc.