Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1401939996

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. Therefore when Dr. Lissa Rankin’s own health started to suffer, she turned to Western medical treatments, but what she found was that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. To better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself for over 50 years.
 Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.
In this book, you’ll find a radical new wellness model based on Dr. Rankin’s scientific findings. Her unique six-step program will help you uncover where things might be out of whack in your life—spiritually, creatively, environmentally, nutritionally, and in your professional and personal relationships—so that you can create a customized treatment plan aimed at bolstering these health-promoting pieces of your life. You’ll learn how to listen to your body’s “whispers” before they turn to life-threatening “screams” that can be prevented with proper self-care, and you’ll learn how to trust your inner guidance when making decisions about your health and your life.
By the time you finish Mind Over Medicine, you’ll have made your own Diagnosis, written your own Prescription, and created a clear action plan designed to help you make your body ripe for miracles.

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Cooper, “The Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Health: A Meta-Analysis,” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 62, no. 2 (February 2005): 105–12; R. Veenhoven, “Healthy Happiness: Effects of Happiness on Physical Health and the Consequences for Preventive Health Care,” Journal of Happiness Studies 9, no. 3 (September 2008): 449–69; Justina A. V. Fischer and Alfonso Sousa-Poza, “Does Job Satisfaction Improve the Health of Workers? New Evidence Using Panel Data and Objective Measures of

DNA. So what truly runs in your family: heart disease and diabetes, or donuts and sausage? How about gratitude and appreciation, or belittlement and abuse? Change your thoughts, change your behaviors. Change your behaviors, change your biochemistry. As Lissa explains, our minds can make us sick and they can make us well. Our feelings and beliefs impact our every cell. How we speak to ourselves matters. Whether or not we feel and express love affects our well-being. That very notion empowers me.

medical miracles. I was riveted. The evidence was mounting. But nothing I was hearing counted as “science.” I craved scientific proof that it wasn’t total nonsense. So I kept researching, willing my mind to stay open, as I learned more about how the mind could affect the body. Part of me was open to the whole mind-body concept. It made intuitive sense to me. But another part of me was wildly resistant. To believe what I was learning would require letting go of much of what I had been taught,

transformed us into workaholics who no longer have the forced respite of snail mail and hand-delivered memos. Now, it’s not just doctors who are on call 24/7. It’s most of us. The advent of e-mail, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, laptops, and iPads means we are accessible almost all the time and increasingly poor employee health is reflecting it. Not that poor health stops employees from coming in to work. A study conducted by the health insurer Oxford Health Plans found that one in five

harnessed to implant thoughts in the mind by visualizing an outcome you wish to achieve—such as raising your body temperature, lowering your blood pressure, fighting your cancer, or alleviating back pain. He went on to study processes like these throughout his extensive career as a researcher. Over the years, Benson studied thousands of patients and published scores of articles in scholarly medical journals. Through this research, he elicited a list of the conditions that respond to the

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