The Seven Stages of Health & Transformation™

Developed by Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Medical Director of the Hoffman Centre for Integrative and Functional Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, the Seven Stages to Health and Transformation™ process begins with understanding the complex variables affecting every human life at any given time.

This unique and insightful program offers an insider’s view and brings to light the hidden causes of what may be making you sick, and what you can do to heal yourself.
Find out how stress, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, unhealthy lifestyles, and negative beliefs have shaped your symptoms.

  • Grasp the concept that our health involves 7 key levels of interaction
  • Gain an awareness of the root causes of your symptoms
  • Become actively involved in your own healing
  • Raise health as a value in your life
  • Create short and long term health plans to meet individual goals
  • Ask questions about the science underlying and the benefits of integrative medicine
An outline of the 7 Stages to Health and Transformation™

Stage One - The Extended Body

The efficiency of our bodily functions is dependent on the quality of the environment with which we interact. A toxin-free environment with purified water, clean air, and vibrant, whole foods is essential to the maintenance of our health.

Additional Articles for Stage One

The Extended Body
The Extended Body (Molds)
The Extended Body (Dentistry)

Recommended Reading for Stage One

Free to Fly: A Journey Toward Wellness by Judith Rajhathy
It’s All In Your Head by Dr. Hal A. Huggins
Tired or Toxic: A Blueprint For Health by Sherry Rogers
Is This Your Child’s World? by Doris J. Rapp, MD
The Sick House Survival Guide by Angela Hobbs
Root Canal Cover-Up by George E. Meinig
Endangered Brains by Kaye H. Kilburn, MD
Toxic Metal Syndrome by Dr. H. Richard Casdorph & Dr. Morton Walker
The Gerson Therapy by Charlotte Gerson & Morton Walker, DPM
Whole-Body Dentistry by Mark A. Breiner, DDS
Detoxify or Die by Sherry Rogers, MD
Your Home, Your Health, & Well-Being by David Rousseau, W.J. Rea, Jean Enwright
Environmental by Design by Kim Leclair & David Rousseau
Wherever You Go, There You Are by John Kabbat Zinn
Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson
My House is Killing Me by Jeffrey C. May
Exotoxins: The Taste That Kills by Ruseil L. Blaylock, MD
Success in the Clean Bedroom: A Path to Optimal Health by Natalie Golos & William J. Rea
The Nontoxic Home by Debra Lynn Dadd
The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder flush by Andreas Moritz
The Toxic Labyrinth by Myrna Millar & Heather Millar
The Healthy Household by Lynn Marie Bower

Stage Two - The Physical Body

Our physical bodies are comprised of biochemical interactions and structural integrity. Optimization of these two components sustains homeostatic wellness. This level helps to define how our bodies respond to the six other areas of our experience.

Recommended Reading for Stage Two

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John R. Lee, MD
Take Charge of Your Body by Dr. Carolyn DeMarco
Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide by Dr. David Frawley
Protein Power Plan by Dr. John Eades
The No-Grain Diet by Dr. Joseph Mercola & Alison Rose Levy
Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin
Rolfing by Ida P. Rolf, PhD
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari
From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Vitamins: Hype or Hope by Pamela Wartian Smith, MD
The Psychobiology of Gene Expression by Ernest Rossi
What’s Your Dosha Baby by Lisa Marie Coffey
Prakruti – Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert Svoboda
Pain Free in 6 Weeks by Sherry Rogers
Definitive Guide to Cancer by W. John Diamond, MD & Lee Cowden, MD & B. Goldberg
Messages From The Heart – Learning to Love Cancer by Annabelle M. Bondar
Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Tori Hudson, ND
How to Achieve Healthy Aging by Neal Rozier, MD
The Mind of Your Newborn Baby by David Chamberlain
Grow Younger Live Longer: Ten Steps to Reverse Aging by Deepak Chopra
Ageless Body Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra
The New Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, MD
Forever Ageless by Ron Rothenberg, MD & Kathleen Becker, MA, RN
Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing, by Vasant Lad
Radical Healing by Rudolph Ballentine
Grace & Grit by Ken Wilber
The Edge Effect by Eric Braverman
Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
The Wisdom of Healing by David Simon
Environmental Nutrition: Understanding the Link between Environment, Food Quality, and Disease by Buck Levin
Dietary Management of Food Allergies & Intolerances by Janice Vickerstaff Jonega, PhD
Ageless by Suzanne Somers
Cooking for Life: Ayurvedic Recipes for Good Food & Health by Linda Banchek
Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
You’ve Hit Menopause: Now What? by George Gillson, MD & Tracy Marsden, BScPharm
HRT: The Answers by Pamela Wartian Smith, MD
Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil
The Schwarzbein Principle by Diana Schwarzbein
Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners by Amadea Morningstar
Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams
The Sexy Years by Suzanne Somers
The Zone Diet by Barry Sears
The Healing Power of Foods by Michael T. Murray, M.D
Three Season Diet by John Douillard
Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott
Ayurvedic Cookbook for Self-Healing by Usha Lad and Dr. Vasant Lad
Journey to Optimum Wellness Through Sound Nutrition by Amy Bondar

Stage Three - The Electromagnetic Body

We are electromagnetic beings constantly interfacing with environmental electromagnetic fields. Our central and autonomic nervous systems regulate and maintain this equilibrium. An increased stress response and diminished relaxation response significantly impact the functioning of our physical body.

Recommended Reading for Stage Three

Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, MD
Energy Medicine by James L. Oschman
Tapping the Healer Within by Roger J Callahan
The Cortisol Connection by Shawn Talbott
The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson
When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate
Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott

Stage Four - The Emotional Body

Current research connects the fluctuations of our emotions and resultant neurotransmitter secretions with the efficient operations of our physiology. Unresolved emotional conflict with resultant stress can have devastating effects on our underlying biochemistry.

Recommended Reading for Stage Four

The Heart Of Love by John Demartini
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert
Why People Don’t Heal & How They Can by Caroline Myss

Stage Five - The Intellectual Body

Our belief systems and internal dialogues determine our perception of our interactive world. Recent research has linked optimistic belief systems with positive health outcomes. Negative belief systems and destructive internal dialogues have shown to lower life expectancy and increase disease.

Recommended Reading for Stage Five

Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne Dyer
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart
Grace & Grit by Ken Wilber
Web of Life by Fritjof Capra
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality by Ken Wilber
A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber
Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief by Herbert Benson
Healing Beyond the Body by Larry Dossey
The Breakthrough Experience by John Demartini
Count Your Blessings by John Demartini
Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck & Christopher Cowan
Fantastic Voyage by Ray Kurzweil
Reinventing Medicine by Larry Dossey
Space, Time & Medicine by Larry Dossey

Stage Six - The Soul Body

Transcendent to our personal experience, there is a family and collective, archetypal identity. Here our individual experience merges with the family soul and collective unconscious. Common to all personal experiences are underlying universal themes, such as romantic love, the hero’s journey, hubris, betrayal, and the pursuit of wisdom. Identifying with these reoccurring themes and becoming conscious of family dynamics, frees one from a sense of personal suffering.

Recommended Reading for Stage Six

He by Robert Johnson
Soul’s Code by James Hillman
We’ve had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the Worlds Getting Worse by James Hillman
Personality Types by Daryl Sharp
Meeting the Shadow by Connie Zweig & Jeremiah Abrams
Longing for Paradise by Mario Jacoby
Touching love – Vol 2 by Bert Hellinger
We by Robert Johnson
She by Robert Johnson
Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
Leaving My Fathers House by Marion Woodman
The Survival Papers by Daryl Sharp
Answer to Job by C.G. Jung
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G Jung
The Middle Passage by James Hollis
The Eden Project by James Hollis
Under Saturn’s Shadow by James Hollis
Addicted to Perfection by Marion Woodman
Soul Mates by Thomas Moore
Loves Hidden Symmetry by Bert Hellinger
Touching love – Vol 1 by Bert Hellinger

Stage Seven - The Spiritual Body

Beyond our physical experience, there is a sense of something eternal. Experiencing this state involves shifting our awareness from seeing ourselves as only a physical body with symptoms to a timeless and unbounded reservoir of pure potential. Recent research has confirmed the benefits of committed spiritual practices with improved health outcomes

Recommended Reading for Stage Seven

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Tragedy: The Divine Order by Dr. Bruce Hoffman, MSc, MBChB, FAARFM, LMCC, ABAARM
Power vs. Force by David Hawkins
Healing words by Larry Dossey
Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa
The Biology of Transcendence by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Ayurveda: The Ancient Science of Mind-Body and Spiritual Healing by Dr. Bruce Hoffman, MSc, MBChB, FAARFM, LMCC, ABAARM
The Seven Steps to Health and Transformation by Dr. Bruce Hoffman, MSc, MBChB, FAARFM, LMCC, ABAARM
Path of the Heart by Jack Kornfield
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
In Each Moment by Paul Lowe
Healing Through Meditation and Prayer by Meredith Puryear
God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Connection by Jeff Levin
The Healing Power of Faith by Harold Koenig
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer
How to Know God by Deepak Chopra
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra
Healing Prayers by Reginald Cherry
Essence by A.H Almaas
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
I Am That by Nisargadatta Sri Maharaj
Consciousness and Healing by Marilyn Schlitz, Amorok, Micozzi
Coming to Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn