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Dana Marrocco, Ph.D.

Author of THE TOP TEN LIES WE TELL OURSELVES: And How to Stop Believing Them


If laughter is the best medicine for physical illness, imagine what it might do for spiritual ailments.  Educational psychologist and “self-help stand-up comedian” Dana Marrocco explores this idea in her book, THE TOP TEN LIES WE TELL OURSELVES: And How to Stop Believing Them (Ixia Press; August 15, 2018; $24.95 with a foreword by Gary R. Renard, bestselling author of The Disappearance of the Universe), a work inspired by A Course in Miracles. The ego — the fear-soaked part of our minds — is happiest when we listen and do everything it asks, even when it doesn’t make sense to us. But spiritual growth actually depends on listening to the ego, but only so we can learn not to do what it suggests. In her book Dr. Dana shows the reader how to expose the hidden and harmful messages from our egos that, far too often, we blindly accept as true.

Dr. Dana recommends a gentle, light-hearted “roasting” of our self-deceptions over time in order to avoid nasty ego backlash, which is really our own deep-seated belief that we don’t deserve to feel better. The ten ego lies documented in this book range from the idea that there is one person out there who will complete us, to the need to ‘win’ by holding onto our grudges longest. Each lie comes with a challenge: to refrain from acting on or believing it for 24 hours. Dr. Dana draws on her doctorate in educational psychology to back up her message with the classic research of such scientists and scholars as Edward Thorndike, Karen Horney, Abraham Maslow, and others. With the rare, deft touch of someone who has actually tested her academic and spiritual studies against the everyday challenges of life, Dr. Dana gives readers a trustworthy yet down-to-earth voice of authority that has the added kick of a real sense of humor. In an interview she can discuss some of the typical ego lies and how to dispel them. For example:





Using humor and a solid base of academic and practical knowledge, Dr. Dana will help readers gently undo the typical lies we all tell ourselves… and enjoy a wealth of laughter along the way.


Dr. Dana Marrocca is a writer, motivational speaker, singer/songwriter, and self-help stand-up comedian. She received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Purdue University, specializing in theories of learning and motivation. She frequently speaks at churches and retreats across the Northeast, often in the form of musical skits mixed with lectures. She holds a weekly teaching spot on the spiritual radio show ACIM Gather and performs original music with her band, Dr. Dana and the Infinite Patients.



Thomas Cowan, MD

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded: currently 1 in 2.5 American children has an allergy, 1 in 11 has asthma, 1 in 13 has severe food allergies, and 1 in 36 has autism. While some attribute this rise to increased awareness and diagnosis, Thomas Cowan, MD, argues for a direct causal relationship to a corresponding increase in the number of vaccines American children typically receive―approximately 70 vaccine doses by age eighteen. The goal of these vaccines is precisely what we’re now seeing in such abundance among our chronically ill children: the provocation of immune response.

Dr. Cowan looks at emerging evidence that certain childhood illnesses are actually protective of disease later in life; examines the role of fever, the gut, and cellular fluid in immune health; argues that vaccination is an ineffective (and harmful) attempt to shortcut a complex immune response; and asserts that the medical establishment has engaged in an authoritarian argument that robs parents of informed consent. His ultimate question, from the point of view of a doctor who has decades of experience treating countless children is: What are we really doing to children when we vaccinate them?


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