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Interview with Dr. John & Elizabeth McIntosh, authors of ‘Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts’




John McIntoshDoctor H. John McIntosh is known as the “Medical Guru” through his columns and media presence.  He was educated as a medical doctor in Scotland. He received a general medical degree from Dundee University Medical School in 1984 and moved to Australia in 1993. He received his Specialist Physician qualification in 1988 from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and specialist Family Physician qualifications in 1990 from the Royal College of General Practitioners. Other certifications include: Approved Trainer of medical students, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; James Cook University Medical School, Central Queensland University; Trainer of Cognitive Institute programs, Cognitive Institute of Australia; Approved Trainer of sports medicine first aid courses, Sports Medicine, Australia; and Approved Allergan Cosmetic Injector training and trainer of injectors (doctors and nurses). Dr. McIntosh was the driving force in the building of the Mackay GP Superclinic. In 2013, his medical clinics were awarded the national AGPAL Community Engagement Award for outstanding level of commitment and involvement of the community and won a finalist award in the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards.

Elizabeth McIntoshRev. Elizabeth McIntosh is known as the “Positivity Expert” from her life’s work and research in the field. She trained as a life and wellness coach; certified personal fitness trainer under Ken Ware, Mr. Universe of 1994; counselor, hypnotherapist, meditation and yoga teacher; and spa trainer. She is a Reiki master Levels 1, 2 and 3, and a Reiki Master Trainer. She holds a BMSc in Metaphysics from the University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics, and is an ordained minister through the University of Metaphysics. She runs retreats at her resort in Bali and has produced a series of CDs on health, relaxation, and success, and a TV documentary series, as well as being a magazine columnist and radio talkback presenter.

Their latest book is the nonfiction/self-help, Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts.

Visit the authors’ website at

About the Book:

Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts 3Doctor John McIntosh and Rev. Elizabeth McIntosh, authors of an important new book, MASTERING NEGATIVE IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS, use “nits” as both an acronym for their book’s title and as an analogy for the clearly unhealthy effects of negative thinking.

“Negative thoughts occur impulsively, so that is why they are Negative Impulsive Thoughts, or NITs, for short,” the authors say. “The nice analogy is that nits are also head lice and both (nits and NITs) are irritating, contagious, hard to recognize, hard to eliminate, breed fast, and spread like an epidemic.”

Unlike other, similar books that claim to have a magic route to happiness and health, MASTERING NEGATIVE IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS is based on solid clinical research, say the authors, who together have extensive experience in general medicine, medical research, and holistic health/wellness practices.

For More Information

  • Mastering Negative Impulse Thoughts is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, John and Elizabeth. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

This is our first official publication in book form, however we have separately been writing articles and columns over the years on many health, fitness and wellbeing topics.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

We chose the self-published route to maintain control and get this important information out into the community! We chose this route because of the long delays that we would face going down the traditional publishing route and also wanted to ensure that we had control over editing and content issues. It also allowed us to fit the book publishing processes around our existing full time businesses and clinical practice.

There are several flow on books that can come out of this principle and we have been approached about focusing the principles to help children, relationships and the workplace – because the principle work!

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

We self-published so there was no “contract”.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

We feel an incredible sense of achievement to be able to write this book of which we are very passionate about, to help thousands of people, and at the same time still managing our national and international businesses. Amzingly we have also opened another 4 businesses in this few years too but that is the power of Positive Thinking and Mastering NITs! So we did not have the luxury of taking ourselves off to a mountain cabin in the woods for months, like they do in the movies – maybe later on our yacht….

Champagne, millionaire oysters and a cheese platter on the beach in front of our house, looking over the Great Barrier Reef as the sunsets and snuggled together has been our favourite. We always celebrate each step along the way and love to show our appreciation to each other and our friends who help us to make it possible.

(NB Millionaire oysters – natural oysters with smoked salmon, yogurt and “caviar”)

Sometimes with our projects, it can feel more like a progressive achievement or transition, than a “TA-DA”- we made it, but we do make a point of celebrating our victories no matter how big or small they are.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Face book, we started with a network of people that were already familiar, with our background and level of expertise’s in the field, public speaking and seminars teaching people about the principles and philosophy of the book.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

Every step forward is exponential growth, both in writing development, and with all the press releases and interviews it was a fantastic way to fine tune our explanations and objectives resulting in us becoming more refined, exponents of our philosophy.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

It is quite different looking from the outside, and not until you are doing your due diligence, that you really begin to uncover the secret world of publishing. Going in with eyes wide open still does not give you total immunity to the fascinating characters that one encounters on the journey. The Smeegles that lurk in corners, the Emperors and kings who sit in their publishing houses, choosing who will be granted a audience with them. The countless wheelers and dealers that over promise and under deliverer after taking your money, all very new and exciting and confusing to the newcomers.

You absorb as much information and advice from the wise ones that have tread the path before you, then a glistening jewel in the form of our publicist attracts your attention out of the corner of your eye, and following your gut feeling and you build a relationship and trust with each other over time. It was a wonderful and exciting introduction to the fascinating world of publishing.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Although it is quite an ego stroke, becoming an Author brings with it the assumption that you must know what you are talking about, that you have graduated into the ranks of and expert in that field.   And although there will always be many who challenge your belief and opinions, when you have your own research and are backed by scientific, proof, you don’t have to work as hard in promoting your ideas and concepts over and over and you can tell people to just go read the book and finally you can relax and enjoy the whole experience of being an author and I like it!

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

The same rules of success apply in any field,

Be passionate about what you are doing enough to get you through the inevitable tough times.

Develop discipline and “stick-to-it-ness” and just keep going word by word.

Try to see how the broader community or world will benefit from your book and not just a means of stroking your ego or making money. This is call right intention, to also help others, and this means Grace is then on your side.

Believe in your own power –if you don’t read our book! A great exercise is to remember when you did achieve what you set out to do, and build on the feeling to affirm your powerful belief that “you can do it”!

Never, never, never give up. Sometimes life does take priority and you must put your book aside for a while – that doesn’t mean you have given up, and sometimes it can be a great exercise in that you come back with fresh eyes and new insights, adding more depth to your book

Believe that you deserve success! Exactly what you believe deep down will be attracted to your life, even though this may sound strange. So whether you believe you will be successful or you believe you will fail, either way you will be right!



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