We have 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 using the power of the mind. In an attempt to better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that, for the past 50 years, the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself.
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 listening to Mind Over Medicine, you’ll have made your own diagnosis, written your own prescription, and created a clear action plan designed to help make your body ripe for miracles.
©2013 Hay House (P)2013 Hay House
This book is worth buying, especially if you are new to this area of study. I'm giving it five stars and not knocking it for its content. That said, if you aren't new to this topic, it's still a good book, but there probably isn't anything earth shatteringly new that hasn't been written somewhere else.
The book is very much a combination of a few books. Dan Buettner's "Blue Zones" and "Thrive" come to mind, mixed in with some studies on the placebo effect.
* Would be an excellent book to give to a medical doctor as a gift.
* Author is a real medical doctor.
* Well written and professional.
* Relies heavily on the placebo effect.
* Somewhat contradictory in places.
The health plans include a heavy emphasis on happiness and include the standard Blue Zone formulas of becoming more spiritual, close family, etc. Frustratingly, while "deeper spirituality" is mentioned frequently, in one section the author states that any healing is just the body at work and not "woo-woo metaphysics."
While the placebo effect and spontaneous remission are valid explanations, woo-woo metaphysics could also be a valid explanation. This topic was just barely touched upon. It would have been nice to show some valid, scientific studies on this subject. For example, a Columbia study reported that: "prayer appeared to increase the rate of pregnancy in Korean women with infertility problems. The researchers, surprised by their own positive findings, noted that the women were completely unaware that people in three different countries were praying for them." How would the placebo effect be possible if the women were "completely unaware?"
Another good example is found in the The Global Consciousness Project (Princeton University). This large study found that people could influence random number generators in an unexplainable way (read The Field, by Lynne Mctaggart).
The bottom line is, when you are dealing with medical doctors and scientist, you have to pretend that the unexplainable doesn't exist (even when real scientist have studies showing unexplainable things working!). No, it is all just biology and chemistry.
It's time to move to a more results-oriented paradigm in medicine. Keep in mind that people took aspirin for over 100 years and didn't know how it worked, only that it produced good results. If acupuncture is producing good results, then it needs to be used, regardless if it is a placebo effect or "woo-woo metaphysics." (And there are valid scientific studies that show there is more to acupuncture than just the placebo effect. This was mentioned in "Mind Over Medicine," but only in passing, however).
Interestingly, while listening to the audiobook of "Mind Over Medicine," with its heavy emphasis on placebo effects and spontaneous remission, I heard a song on the radio by Nicki Minaj with the lyrics, "I'm not lucky I'm blessed." With the book's struggle between "deeper spirituality" and simply the body's "biology and chemistry" at work, the Minaj lyrics seemed to tip the scale for me: though not scientifically explainable, "woo-woo metaphysics" is a valid explanation. I'm not lucky, I'm blessed.
I have only listened to the audio version
I like how sincere and caring and how honest the author was when telling her story.
I am a big believer in mind over matter. I believe we are more powerful beings that what we are lead to believe. We are co-creators and can create the lives we live. This book has strengthened my belief in mind over matter.
Yes, the book was excellent. Lissa did an amazing job of describing the power of the mind and the influence we have on our health. The book was research-based and informative yet engaging and well organized. FIVE STARS!! I've been waiting for this book...worth the wait!
I enjoyed how she used real stories to illustrate the research or highlight a main point.
Lissa's book appeals to both the professional, researcher, as well as those who are simply wanting to live healthier, happier lives.
Too many things to say...most importantly, I learned attitude is so important and filters our view of the world and everyone in it.
Excellent!! I hope there is a second book- possibly a collabboration with a Psychologist/researcher who is also familiar with the topic (Many Psychologists have been stating for years the points highlighted in the book).
I haven't read the print version as I prefer audio books.
I loved the whole concept.
Fantastic ideas and I think very very possible. I believe, it's a great book loved it.
The beginning was scientific enough to appeal to the logic of both patients and healthcare professionals (I'm a pharmacist). I say all the time that my truest hope is for my own patients to put me out of business; I want to see you healthy and off of all your medications! This book is a good starting point to potentially make that happen. It all starts with the individual taking a personal responsibility for their own health, and not relying on prescription medications to cure you, because most of them don't! They only treat the symptoms. I loved the parts about the stress response in your body and how it creates an environment that is anti-conducive to healing. The last half regarding ways to heal yourself though, gets a little more out there. The idea of the whole health cairn is a good way to take a well rounded look at your health and how it relates to your life; what needs to change for you to be less stressed and thus healthier?
I read the print version first and downloaded the meditation by Lissa Rankin. I've watched a video of her as well, so I am very familiar with her voice. I was disappointed that although it says the audio version is narrated by her, it is not. That said, the narrator does a good job and is enjoyable to listen to.
I have been dealing with some long term health issues. This book introduced concepts to me that I had never thought of before. It gives me hope and makes me feel like I have more control over my wellness than I thought.
A mother, a wife, part-time professional trying to fit it all in...
I'm a believer in evidence-based medicine, but I also believe there is some cosmic force that is bigger than just science. Whether that is spirituality, self-healing, or something else, this book gives you much research and scientific evidence that there is 'something else' going on. What a wonderful book. I'm such a fan that I subscribed to her webpage and get her daily emails on 'listening to your own pilot light.' I also have the physical hardcopy of the book. The narration by the author is excellent. She has several TEDx talks, which I highly recommend if you'd like to get a glimpse of what this is all about. I highly recommend this book.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Shocking, provocative critical
The fact that what Rankin says has been hidden from those needing it you and me for fifthy year's scares me. Louise L. Hay and other "new-agers" has said this for year's. This is however facts from a sceptical doctor NOT a regular self-development book.
The tips to stay healthy.
No. I had to learn to re-think everything. However, her sources adds up and it is a book which should be at a special price. Every member reading as in listening to this will get information that will help you take charge over your own health. An absolute must and credit safe.
Keep in mind: What you hear will turn your life around. If you are tempted to quit your meds ( and you might very well be. Make sure to take this book to your doctor and get their opinion.) If you feel stuck get a second opinion from a doctor open to alternative healing. Do NOT stop on your own!
These types of books are a bit scary to me... telling me that I'm mentally preprogrammed in the womb, etc. as to how I'll see myself, act, etc. Also, are b vitamins and fish oil really a "placebo"? I do see that attitude is very important in life. But, it was a bit scary for me to read. I felt like I was developing that hypochondriasis or medical school syndrome by reading the book. Made me afraid of my own potentially negative thoughts, etc. I know that the book is meant to do the opposite. So, may be great for others.
Probably not. There is good information in this book but it is just too long. I think this book could've been shortened by half. The message of this book is - to be healthy you have to be happy! End of. If you're unhappy in your life your health will suffer. So make yourself happier and your health will improve.
I liked the author gave her own story as an example. However, she waited until chapter 9 to do that which i didn't like. That should've really been nearer the start. Also, I'd have loved some more examples.
I always prefer to hear a work in the author's own voice. However, Dr. Rankin speaks quite slowly.
Yes. I really wanted to get to the essence of the book more quickly than I did. As I have been struggling with some health issues (and i believe anyone who gets a book like this probably is) I wanted the information sooner rather than later. Maybe not all in one sitting, but this book took me 2 weeks of consistent listening to get through and for quite a simple message it took far too long to get to the point.
I'd probably recommend getting the physical book for this one if you decide you want to read this. That way you can flip though to the relevant chapters and get to the point quicker. If you're sick and are looking for help or answers, you won't want to sit through hours of stuff that won't help you.
"Mind over medicine"
Dr Lissa Rankin Has a beautiful speaking voice
I had cancer ten years ago,with little chance of survival
I refused all medical treatment ,At 82 I am fit and active
My surgeon,said I survived because of my attitude,
This is my belief ,Lissa supports,it ,,
We make ourselves ill ,
I noticed if I think negatively,I feel ill and get pain
Positive thinking makes me feel well again ,
I love listening to her voice ,over and over, again and again,
Conformation of what I have believed for ten years now
I had rheumatoid arthritis,that I cured with my mind ,at aged 50,
Where my wife has been crippled by her doctors treatment
And so was another relative too,
Both,and filled me with joy too
My truth is shared at last ,
I feel blessed ,finding this book ,
"Changed the way I look at life."
I really loved this book. Fell in love with the idea of mind over medicine when I watched Lissa Rankin's TedTalk. Would definitely recommend to everyone, really changed the way I feel about my mind and the power I have over my own health.
"Compassionate, reassuring, well researched"
Among my best listens, very informative and gives hope to those of us with undiagnosed ills
The divided mind, Mind-body prescription
The well researched and well read content.
Probably some of the examples of healing that were almost miraculous.
The book is easy to listen to and there is a lot of really interesting information that the author brings to life with real examples and experiences. The narrator has a pleasant and expressive voice and reads at just the right pace.
"You must purchase this book, NOW!"
I am going to listen to it again and again. It is packed full of good advice, positive attitude and hope. Lissa does not interfere with your spiritual beliefs so it doesn't matter what your religion or beliefs are, so many times I have returned books because they go into Buddhism or Hypnosis which is contrary to some of our beliefs, but this book is honest, open and a definite must have.
Nothing yet because it is the only one so far that has met my expectations without advocating that you believe in anything but your self.
You can lie back, relax while listening to her calm, friendly and articulate reading. It is as though she is sitting next to you talking to you like a friend.
There are a couple of sad experiences that touch your heart, there are some witty annotations too.
Yes, thank you Lissa, I have been waiting for this and searching so far without much success and now, I have found you.
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