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The Abracadabra Effect

The 13 Verbally Transmitted Diseases and How to Cure Them




"Most of us are unaware of how we create our experience because we simply don't have the knowledge. The Enlightened Buddha has informed us; 'All that we are is the result of what we have thought'. Observing the thought patterns composing our perception, language and related behaviour is therefore potentially one of the most empowering things we can do. By following the guidance provided in The Abracadabra Effect, people from all walks of life can reclaim their power, overcome mental dis-ease and return to health, peace and functionality."

Jake Sole
Sydney, Australia


"I love how the authors show how words can empower or dis-empower us. How words can create, build and repair or how words can destroy and divide us. Thank you for a book that can empower us each to do something about the negatively and ugliness."

Kimber Bishop-Yanke
Founder, Girls and Boys Empowered
Birmingham, MI


Language is a powerful vehicle that can be used to create personal power, self-responsibility, and self-confidence. Unfortunately, it can also create distance, disempowerment, and defeat. This book offers a glimpse at common communication habits and offers more constructive, positive, and encouraging alternatives. It also makes a case for the importance of being conscious about the language we use, not only in our exchanges with others, but in our self-talk as well, and about modeling and teaching the next generation effective ways to “create what they speak.”

Dr. Jane Bluestein
Magic, Miracles and Synchronicity: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness
Albuquerque, NM


As a linguist, I am always observing how language is used by others.  Abracadabra, however, opened my eyes to the way I use language.  I can’t even say a simple phrase like, “That really makes me mad,” without evaluating my response to the situation and thinking about how I can change my language to facilitate a different response.  Chick and Thomas talk about “The Makes Me Psychosis,” “Unabelism,” “Preventarrhea,” “Shoulditus,” and many other “dis-eases.” I was amazed at how many of them I used without even knowing it. This book provided me with the tools to adjust my language to become a more accountable, productive, and confident person!

Barb Cohen
Coordinator, Modern Foreign Languages and Adjunct Faculty
Saginaw Valley State University


“A combination of verbal diseases identified and those same maladies cured. The Abracadabra Effect is about health, your health, my health and the health of all the people on this planet.”

Margaret King Ahmed
Parent Involvement Educator
Dearborn Schools


The Abracadabra Effect lays out a challenge to us all. Are we going to go on spreading dis-ease with our language or are we going to stop the unhealthy ways we speak, think, believe and act? What an opportunity we have to truly live responsible, empowered lives.”

Elvira Medus, LCSW
Scarsdale, NY