Some Lesser Known Facts About Deepak Chopra
- Does Deepak Chopra smoke?: Not Known
- Does Deepak Chopra drink alcohol?: Not Known
- He was born and brought up in New Delhi.
- He studied medicine in India before immigrating to the United States in 1970 for his medicinal practices in internal medicine and endocrinology.
- In 1970, he had to travel to Sri Lanka to sit in the American Medical Association exam needed to practice in the USA, as the Indian government had banned its doctors to sit in this exam.
- He became the chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH) in 1980.
- In 1985, he got greatly influenced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and got involved with the Transcendental Meditation movement (TM). He then became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and medical director of the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
- In 1993, his books- Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old and his friendship with Michael Jackson gained him an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- That interview affected his life in both negative & positive ways. On one hand, he sold 400,000 copies of his book by the end of that interview week while on the other hand, the Maharishi National Council of the Age of Enlightenment instructed TM centers in the United States not to promote Deepak Chopra, and his name and books were removed from the movement’s literature and health centers.
- He also serves as an adjunct professor in the marketing division at Columbia Business School, New York & Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
- He has been a board member of Men’s Wearhouse, a men’s clothing distributor, since 2004.
- In 2005, he was charging $25,000 to $30,000 for his single lecture and was appointed as a senior scientist at The Gallup Organization the same year.
- In 2006, he launched Virgin Comics with his son Gotham Chopra and Richard Branson (entrepreneur).
- In 2009, he founded the Chopra Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c) organization that raises funds to promote and research alternative health and in 2014 he also founded ISHAR (Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository), a free, online library of Integrative Studies which provides an open access to all scholarly aspects of the mind-body subject.
- As of 2014, he himself estimated his net worth to be $80 million.
- In 2016, he was promoted from assistant professor to full professor at the University of California, San Diego in their Department of Family Medicine.
- In 1998, he was awarded the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in physics for “his unique interpretation of quantum physics as it applies to life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic happiness”.
- In 2001, ABC News aired a show segment on the topic of distance healing and prayer featuring Deepak Chopra, wherein he said that “there is a realm of reality that goes beyond the physical where in fact we can influence each other from a distance”. He was shown using his claimed mental powers to relax a person in another room, whose vital signs were recorded in charts which were said to show a correspondence between his periods of concentration and the subject’s periods of relaxation. After the show, in a viewers poll, 90% of the viewers believed in distance healing.
- He has been described as “America’s most prominent spokesman for Ayurveda”. He treats his patients with the placebo response and states that the placebo effect is real medicine because it triggers the body’s healing system.
- He has written 80 books, 21 of them were on the list of The New York Times bestsellers and were translated into 43 languages.
- His book- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success was on The New York Times Best Seller list for 72 weeks.
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