Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

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by Lissa Rankin

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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. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started




     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. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found 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. In an attempt 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.

     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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“What a pleasure it is to see the next generation of physicians waking up to what I call real medicine—the kind that acknowledges our true power to heal and be well.”
— Christiane Northrup, M.D., OB/GYN physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“In this book, Lissa Rankin clearly states what many health care providers (not to mention patients) already know: the way our society’s physicians are trained, pres­sured, and overworked is in many ways inimical to the process of healing. In her life, her work, and her words, Dr. Rankin demonstrates a new way to combine the bril­liance of modern science with the wisdom of the heart. Anyone who will ever need a doctor, and certainly anyone who will ever be a doctor, will be enriched and enlight­ened by her ideas. Just reading Mind Over Medicine is a genuinely healing experience.”
— Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

“Being my own inner physician for years means that I’m SUPER thrilled about Dr. Lissa Rankin’s brilliant new book, Mind Over Medicine. She marries intuition with science and shows us all our healing SUPERPOWERS, and how to live our lives this way. And, Lissa’s writing style is so exuberant and deep at the same time, it makes me feel like I can do handstands on the ocean!”
— SARK, author of 16 books, artist, and founder of PlanetSARK.com

“Mind Over Medicine modernizes age old messages of wisdom and makes them easier to understand and apply to modern day lifestyles. This book contains much wisdom in easy-to-apply lessons we can all learn from.”
— Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles

“With humor, warmth, and compelling research, Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine begins to heal the most critical fracture of our time—the break between our mind, bodies, and spirit. When it comes to our physical and emotional health, we need to tap into our own wisdom and find our voices. Lissa’s passion and experiences make her the perfect guide for this journey.”
— Brené Brown, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

“Lissa Rankin is a modern day miracle worker with a message the world needs to hear.”
— Chris Guillebeau, New York Times best-selling author of The $100 Startup
“Dr. Lissa Rankin is a jet-powered force of vibrant health and happiness, for women in the world today. This book is vital. It is the first time a physician has written on behalf of the health of the whole body and soul of woman. She identifies the how to’s of optimum health in every aspect of a woman’s life. It is not only a must-read, it is an urgent, required read!”
— Regena Thomashauer (a.k.a. “Mama Gena”), author of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts

“‘Body and spirit are twins: God only knows which is which,’ Swinburne wisely said more than a century ago. But for most of the twentieth century, the body has hogged the show. Now consciousness, mind, and spirit are back in center stage in medicine. In Mind Over Medicine, Dr. Lissa Rankin shows why. This is a compelling, clear, and reader-friendly vision of where medicine and healing are headed, written by an expert medical insider who’s been there. Buy two copies—one for you and one for your doctor.”
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine, Healing Words, and One Mind

“WOW! Just wow! That is how I feel about Lissa Rankin’s work! Everything she says rings so true to me, and her voice, as a professional medical doctor, is just what is needed in today’s drug dependent society. Bravo, Lissa for having the courage to speak out and share your truth. This world needs more like you!”
— Anita Moorjani, New York Times best-selling author of Dying to Be Me

“An extraordinary, evidence-based look at the true impact of mindset and lifestyle on pain, disease, and vitality. An M.D. herself, Rankin takes on the establishment from the inside out, building a compelling argument for a new approach to health and healing that puts the patient in the driver’s seat. Prepare to have your mind blow . . . and your body healed.”
— Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty and founder of the Good Life Project

“A doctor championing mega-doses of introspection, love, and liberation. A route to health that includes your DNA and your heart’s desire? I’m in! Lissa Rankin sheds scientific and mystical light on our ability to self-heal. She is a doctor for those of us who know in our bones that vitality is ours for the making.”
— Danielle LaPorte, author of The Fire Starter Sessions

“In a world plying pharmaceutical solutions to all our problems, Dr. Lissa Rankin is an oasis of sanity. The deep attention and intimacy of her approach infuses medicine with intuitive insight and turned-on vitality. Lissa redefines healthcare, calling us to activate our own power in service of true well-being—I’m in!”— Nicole Daedone, founder of OneTaste and author of Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm

Publishers Weekly
Recent diatribes against the forthcoming DSM-5 have called for medical professionals to put down the book from time to time and look patients in the eye. Rankin takes it one step further and tells folks to look inside to heal themselves, both mentally and physically. After years of working in a traditional medical setting and dealing with her own failing health, Rankin undertook extensive research into the medical literature of the past 50 years and discovered the true power of an optimistic outlook on the body’s ability to heal itself. But it’s difficult work being an optimist—it requires faith in one’s abilities to heal, and it necessitates a serious attitude adjustment. As such—and always with the skeptics in mind—Rankin walks readers through self-assessment techniques, methods of self-diagnosis, and how to plan a “prescription” for going forward. She does not dismiss the benefits of modern medicine; rather, she urges patients and health care providers to seek mind and body solutions in order to secure the best care possible. Rankin’s insightful and compassionate treatise may not convince everyone, but it’s a refreshing alternative to a handful of pills. Agent: Michele Martin, CSG Literary Partners/MDM Management. (May 1)

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Meet the Author

Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a mind-body medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and blogger at LissaRankin.com. Passionate about what makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she studies how doctors might better care for patients and how patients might better care for themselves. She trains physicians and other healing professionals, and she empowers others at I Can Do It events, TEDx conferences, health conferences, hospitals, and on her popular blog. When not spreading the word, she paints, practices yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.

Website: lissarankin.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found reading Dr. Lissa Rankin’s newest book a profoundly enlightening experience. Reading it has changed the way I view my own health. I’ve long suffered from a lot of stress and anxiety. I’d grown numb to this aspect of my life, accepting it as a part of my character that was beyond my control, a product of my genetic programing.  The book convinced me that chronic stress and anxiety wasn’t just about my having a lot of bad days, it was about my getting cancer!  I’m shocked that no doctor I’ve ever seen as a patient has talked to me about the negative effects of stress and anxiety on my physiological health. All they’ve ever done is suggest anti-anxiety medications. I'm committed to writing my own prescription now to put what Dr. Rankin calls my Whole Health Cairn into balance, and to introducing a mindfulness practice into my life to reduce my stress.  I’m also going to share the book with my primary care physician. If she’s anything like Dr. Rankin she was never exposed to this information about the minds ability to hea the body in medical school, even though it is all documented in the medical journals going back 100 years. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! Lissa Rankin's courageous journey from physician entrenched in a system that is broken to a visionary looking to heal not only the system, but all those who participate in it, has resulted in a beautifully and accessibly written book. She indulges the scientists among us with studies to back up her claims and illuminates  'the placebo effect' for what it is and what it can be. The reader is taken on a journey to understand, then implement easy strategies for their own individualized healing path. She even shares the personal prescription she wrote for her own journey. Whether you are in the midst of an illness, wanting to maintain inner and outer health, or a health care provider looking for solutions outside conventional wisdom, this book will give you insight and tools to set you on your way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More and more, books about how our mind, our thoughts, our emotions impact our health are everywhere. I believe this is a testament to a growing awareness in the world that our health systems are in need of their own prescription. I believe MIND OVER MEDICINE pour fire on this awareness, or better yet, this revolution. In her book, Dr. Rankin weaves solid scientific facts into a wonderfully written book – one I was unable to put down. Through the journey of MIND OVER MEDICINE, my mind expanded as did my understanding of my responsibility to my own health. My wish is that everyone, whether you are ill, healthy, doctors, health care practitioners or all kinds – and all those in between read this book. I believe Dr. Rankin beautifully blends her love for writing, research, and healing in this revolutionary book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We get sick because we are often in the wrong place or with the wrong people and can't honestly be our own best selves. Our bodies won't put up with such conditions and let us know about it the only way they know how -- they nudge (or clobber) us with messages in the form of illness. I usually hate books that contain workbooks, but this was very helpful. It involves writing the answers to questions which help to uncover the underlying causes to physical conditions. Based on your writing, you create your own prescription to make life changes that will heal you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rankin cites much research to show how mind, body , & spirit work together for the body's self-repair.Using her own life's experience, she offers suggestions to help your body to heal itself &/or maintain health. "You know your own body best, listen to it!" She strives to put the caring back into health care.
aellingtonAZ More than 1 year ago
WOW, is the first thing to say about this book. I've always believed that our minds have EVERYTHING to do with our health and well being, and this books gives us the reasons to why this is true. Thank you Lissa Rankin for such an amazing book. The best part for me was that it was written by a doctor!! Most doctors are ready ready to just fill out a prescription with NO thought to "WHY" you "REALLY" feel the way you are feeling. This book gets to the heart of your REAL issues. I Learned sooo much and it has changed my life!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. Very informative. The human body is an amazing thing and capable of healing itself. Dr. Lissa Rankin explains how this works with scientific proof. Anyone with health problems or anyone who wants to prevent health problems should read this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lissa Rankin's book is an excellent read for those who still don't think your own mind plays a significant role to your overall health and well being. Her discoveries are backed up by facts from her research and her own personal challenges that caused much harm to her own health. Her book is practical and easy to read without fluff or sugar-coat. I am pleased that more doctors like her are putting the "care" back in health care. Thank you Lissa Rankin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very Sientificaly Experamental book Love it
sswaz More than 1 year ago
Love this woman! First heard her on TED Talks. Her book is an easy read and backs up the research and system that Dr M T Morter Jr. developed 40 years ago. Now I am really excited about being a Bio Energetic Synchronization Elite Master Practitioner. As the Bible states, Budha and other spiritual leaders as well as Motivationl speakers say,"You are what you think and believe you are." If you don't like what you are, you better change some beliefs and some actions quickly. Rock on Dr. Lissa!
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Mr.Finley More than 1 year ago
Lissa Rankin is AWESOME! I found her on FB and have been a huge fan every since. I AM a New Thought Practitioner and have read a lot of books. This lady is what New Thought is all about. I thank God for people like her and will be a fan for life.
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Avoid some of conclusions ablout what body signs mean e.g. if your virgina hurts during sex get rid of your partner. That is a little over the top. But most of the book is worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mind Over Medicine is changing how I handle illness with my children. I'm beginning to talk about self-healing with my kids, empowering them to BELIEVE that they have the self-healing superpowers to fight disease and activate health. Yes, I still give my children medicine and take them to the doctors when they need it...but inspired by Dr. Rankin, I'm beginning to change how I speak about illness, injuries, and the healing process.
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Although I found a lot of the material in this book useful, the main points aren't realistic to most people. Who can afford to quit their job, or move to another area in these times? Most people live paycheck to paycheck. I would LOVE to quit my job, because it's a stress factory. Doing so would render me homeless. I've found other books on learning to be happy in every situation, thinking on the positive frequencies, etc., to be much more helpful overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dumbazz im not devil.... im bloodlust and im helping sparrowstar
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Padded after them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads with with cobwebs and borage