Review of In Your Hands by Dr. Larry Berkelhammer


I have struggled to cope with chronic illness and I have often felt like healthy living was out of my control as many of you have. From the moment I picked up In Your Hands by Dr. Larry Berkelhammer, I realized that I did not need to feel a loss of control and or that there weren’t enough answers.

There was a time when Dr. Berkelhammer had usual symptoms that no one could explain so he knows firsthand what feels like to be sick and not know why.  Like many of you, he had to continue on with his life despite not feeling well and not having a diagnosis.  In Your Hands narrates the doctor’s journey towards finding answers and trying to maintain a positive attitude so as to feel better physically better along the way.  Eventually Dr. Berkelhammer got a diagnosis but, as reminiscent of this book, that was only a small part in his journey towards healthy wellbeing despite illness.

Dr. Berkelhammer is here to inspire us in kind and nurturing way. He knows we try hard to manage our illnesses and we do so day in and day out so he wants us to make the best use of our coping skills. He also knows that all of this has an effect on self-esteem and can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. It is hard knowing that there are no cures for our conditions and that we cannot predict our lives day to day.

But Dr. Berkelhammer shows us a different way of living. He does this by gently nudging and encouraging you to think about all the ways in which you can live your life fully.  He uses proven methods to teach you how to take charge of your health and emotions so that you become a master at your own health and wellbeing.

About Larry Berkelhammer, PhD

Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, is an author, educator, speaker, and talk show host whose work focuses on the mind’s impact on health. You can find out more about him at his website.

Larry Berkelhammer, PhD


You can purchase In Your Hands through the following online retailers.

Barnes & Noble

I did not receive compensation for this review.  I did, however, receive a free copy of the book.


4 thoughts on “Review of In Your Hands by Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

  1. Sorry. I cannot buy into this rhetoric. It may work for some with certain esoteric issues…but all the “mindfulness” stuff did for me was make my anxiety worse, and brought to the forefront that I was complete being ignored by the specialists I was seeing. I did a certain”mindfulness Qi Gong” for 6 mo. At first I thought it helped…but soon after starting, it was as if the only time I felt OK was the first 10 min…things started getting worse, it became near impossible to sleep at night.
    If doctors would just learn to look at the WHOLE person and not their microsubspeciality, perhaps I could get some help for my autonomic disorder. And my autoimmune disorder. And whatever is causing me to go thru a 3d puberty (of sorts). And for my SI joint disorder.
    I didn’t plan on spending my life like this. I was once healthy and active. I blame the medical establishment here in the US for only paying attention to issues that kids have. The rest of us-I guess we are deemed useless. People in Austrailia get far better care – read the blogs…
    When you have a true medical problem – it really hurts when someone tells you that you can just wish it all away (basically).

    1. Hi Lori. I agree with you in some respect. I don’t believe mindfulness is a cure-all or even an answer to our health issues but I do believe that positive and hopeful thinking really helps. If your moods are good, then you are not vulnerable to depression and we know that depression can make symptoms worse. And you are absolutely right about doctors look at the whole person.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Since 1993, chronic illnesses have been a part of my life — rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, peripheral neuropathy, and breast cancer). Along with traditional medical treatment, I have incorporated self-management tools (quiet time, meditation, expressing gratitude, positive affirmations, rest, healthy sleeping habits, nutrition, exercise) into my overall chronic pain and stress management issues. Thus far, it is working for me.

    Plan to purchase the paperback book, even though I prefer Kindle or Ibook eReaders.

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