Book Review: Healing From Within by Ryuho Okawa – A Book With Potentially Dangerous Implications

Book Details:

Title: Healing From Within

Author: Ryuho Okawa

Publisher: IRH Press

Publication Date: June 30th, 2017

Genre: Health, Alternative Health, Self-Help, Spirituality

My review

Healing From Within is meant to be a book that connects a spiritual mindset with healing. It is based on this premise, that I read this book with an open mind, but it will also mean that my review is influenced by my own spiritual belief system.

As a Pagan, I am very open-minded about non-traditional beliefs, the potential of the power of our minds, and the potential and power of magick. So it is very rare, that I am completely stunned by a book because of its abandoning of any scientifically proven standards of how life works. Healing From Within made me shake my head in disbelief, and question the Author deeply, because of its potentially dangerous implications.

Simply put, Healing From Within is New Age thinking on steroids, while mentioning God, but not in a Christian or traditional way. It claims that everything that happens to you – health related – is based on the mind and body connection. No expectations.

In more than 90 percent of cases, those who fall ill have caused the illness themselves – Healing From Within

Again, I do believe that mind and body affect each other greatly, and in the power of the mind can heal – to an extent. However, the Author claims that cancer is caused by non-forgiveness, and then claims that forgiveness is its cure. What about genetics, environmental exposures, and viruses? These cause cancers too, but the difference is, that these facts don’t blame the victim of cancer like his opinion does.

And that is where the danger of this book lies in. It blatantly blames the patient for any health problems. It is based on the notion that – if you are sick you are doing something wrong in this life or your last one., or the one before that. There must be a reason or cause of your own making somewhere because if you were a spiritually sound person who invests in his/her health, illness would not be present.


Despite the fact, that I do believe – and I am not the only one – that our mind, via stress, and negative thinking – greatly affects our physical wellbeing, it does not allow us to forget that bacteria, viruses, genetics, and the environment can not be explained away and are a huge factor on our health. If we take out those factors, and put all of the solutions on healthy eating and mindful living, then if there is illness, we are essentially blaming the person who is sick for being ill.

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Yes, there are good points made in this book, but they are drowned out by that main message. The good points are, in my opinon, the following

  1. Pointing out the emotional and physical toll that dieting has on a person.
  2. That it is unwise to not invest in our health – before and above all else, because our stinginess will eventually make us pay in the long run.

Where it gets even more dangerous, and where I started to disregard this book as having any merit, is the claim that organ transplants have produced many “cursing” unhappy spirits in this world. Seriously? I am a practicing Witch, and I find that absolutely crazy for the Author to even hint or suggest that. How dare him to disregard something that has saved the lives of so many people! We are, despite the acceptance of the need for organ donation, short on needed organs, and he dares to tell people that this is potentially bad?

I highly suggest, that you should not read this book, and do not financially support this type of message, no matter what your background or faith, due to its dangerous messages.


1 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

None of us wants to become sick, but why is it that we can’t avoid illness in life? Is there a meaning behind illness? How can we cure various ailments that often seem to cause us misery and suffering? In this book, author Ryuho Okawa reveals the true causes and remedies for various illnesses that modern medicine doesn’t know how to heal. The practical, yet unique cures that this book offers for a variety of medical conditions can help us stay on the path to physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Building a happier and healthier life starts with believing in the power of our mind and understanding the relationship between mind and body.

Topics include:
• How to Survive in a Stressful Modern Society
• Meditation Prevents Cancer
• Past Life Experiences and Illnesses
• Lessons from the Severely Disabled and Ill
• Remedies for Mild Depression
• Harmful Influences of Dieting
• Overcoming Past Trauma
• Advice for Those with a Gender Identity Disorder
• Abortion from the Spiritual Perspective
• Spiritual Causes of Atopic Dermatitis, Autism, Stuttering, Rheumatism
• Caring for the Senile
• Our Body Reflects Our Self-Image
• Recharging Energy with the Power of Prayer


1 Comment

  1. Yikes! Being a person who struggles with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and living with a narcissistic step father who physically and emotionally abused me….I don’t think I could get through this book. I would probably just feel angry reading through it. I was also diagnosed with chronic illnesses last year and I believe that I didn’t know how to cope in a healthy way, but I believe that his actions are responsible for much of my pain. Environment plays a big role! I also agree that your eating habits as well as moving your body are key as well.

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