For decades now, Western medicine has shunned the idea that the human mind is capable of affecting the health of the body, but that’s all beginning to change. New age experts suggest that we can indeed heal ourselves by using our minds, but is there any science to back up such claims? Lissa Rankin, M.D. has been exploring the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well. Rankin recently spoke at a TED event and delivered an impressive speech on the mysterious healing power of the human mind.
Dr. Lissa Rankin is an integrative medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and founder of the online communities LissaRankin.com and OwningPink.com. Discouraged by America’s broken health care system, Dr. Rankin set out to discover why some patients experience cure from seemingly “incurable” illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. Fueled by a passion to determine what really makes people healthy and what really predisposes them to illness, she dug into the medical literature to study how doctors might better care for patients and patients might better care for themselves. Her research helped her understand and translate how thoughts and emotions originating in the mind translate into measurable physiological phenomena.
Dr. Rankin is now leading a health care revolution to help patients heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, the possibility of patient-initiated spontaneous remission. She will be sharing the findings of her research about self-healing in her upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, set to be published by Hay House in 2013. You can also follow Dr. Lissa Rankin on Facebook.