Breath for the Soul

When have you read a book where a recognized doctor and an award-winning inspirational writer team up to explore ways you can use your breath, movement, nutrition, and spirit to care for yourself?  Breath for the Soul is that book.

Dr. Jan Patterson is a cancer survivor, bereaved parent, an integrative medicine and infectious disease doctor who has practiced and taught medicine for thirty years. Phyllis Clark Nichols, a pioneer in health television, is also no stranger to suffering and has been the caregiver to her husband for ten years through three battles with cancer. They team up to inform and inspire you for self-care. No one is immune from stress, anxiety, depression, and grief. But what if there are methods that empower you to help yourself?

Breath for the Soul is a plan for self-care integrating ancient and modern practices that work, providing a practical, step-by-step approach that recognizes more than physical needs. You are a soul, a complex person, a total self, needing nurture and care. Breath for the Soul is a full toolkit of evidence-based information, inspiring stories, trusted resources, healthy recipes, and a simple plan to give you control over your self-care. Empower yourself with these simple tools using an innovative approach. Put yourself on the path to health, wellness, and wholeness.


“Evidence-based approaches to practicing self-care. . . inspiring thoughts that speak to your physical and spiritual nature.”

Harold G. Koenig, MD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health. Author of Handbook of Religion and Health.

“A decidedly unique guide. Effective self-care practices providing comfort and calm.”

Lise Alschuler, ND, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Arizona – Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.  Author of The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer.

Important insights and contributions, which are fundamental and empowering.” 

Larry Dossey, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Healing Words

“I have regularly benefitted from this type of body and soul-restoring breathing, meditation, good nutrition, use of essential oils, forest bathing and vigorous exercise.”

Ruth Berggren MD, Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Health and Geisel School of Medicine

“Compelling research and compassionate reflection.  A fresh breath and a second wind for weary souls. A fresh air for your spirit.”

Timothy J. Demy, Th.D., Ph.D., Professor, U.S. Naval War College, Chaplain, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Author Silent Night, Silent Gun

“This book honors all aspects of healing coming from our Great Physician and Creator!”

Nooshig Luz Salvador MD, Integrative Medicine and Palliative Medicine Physician, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, Ethicist

“I will recommend this book to my patients and friends.”

 Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, Director of Transplantation, UT Health, San Antonio, TX

All of Phyllis’ books are now available as audiobooks.
You can purchase any of them from any one of the vendors below:

Listen to a sample audio selection from CHIRP