Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

by Lissa Rankin, M.D.


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Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAS SEEN ON NATIONAL PUBLIC TELEVISION 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401939984
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 259
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a physician, author, speaker, teacher, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute. She is passionate about what lies at the intersection of science and spirituality and is committed to awakening consciousness not just in the field of health care, but in how we align with our soul's purpose in all aspects of our lives. Lissa teaches several teleclasses, including Medicine For The Soul, Find Your Calling, and Visionary Ignition Switch. Her next book, The Fear Cure, will be published in 2015. She lives in California with her daughter. LissaRankin.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kris Carr xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Believe Yourself Well 1

Chapter 1 The Shocking Truth about Your Health Beliefs 3

Chapter 2 The Surefire Way to Make Yourself Sick and Prevent Disease Remission 19

Chapter 3 The Healing Factor That Can Make All the Difference 37

Part 2 Treat Your Mind 63

Chapter 4 Redefining Health 65

Chapter 5 Loneliness Poisons the Body 81

Chapter 6 Death by Overwork 101

Chapter 7 Happiness Is Preventive Medicine 119

Chapter 8 How to Counteract the Stress Response 143

Part 3 Write the Prescription 159

Chapter 9 Radical Self-Care 161

Chapter 10 6 Steps to Healing Yourself 179

Appendix A 8 Tips for How to Be in Your Body 217

Appendix B Lissa's Personal Self-Healing Diagnosis 219

Appendix C Lissa's Personal Prescription 223

Continue Your Self-Healing Journey 231

Endnotes 233

Acknowledgments 253

About the Author 259

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Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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.
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
Smokeystar Olivekit will never be a warrior. However when you were gone Nitehawk dismised me from being a med cat for a while. He found a new but at that point he forgave me and let me carry on. Flashstreak stayed as a med cat witch i have no problum with. But i need your permisoin to have three med cats.