page 6 Steps to Healing Yourself
Can the mind really heal the body? Yes! For over 50 years, the medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal - or harm - the body. We call it “the placebo effect” when the effect on your health is positive and “the nocebo effect” when it’s negative.
The placebo effect has been proven to cause resolution of symptoms - and real physiological change - in 18-80% of the patients in clinical trials who are treated with nothing more than sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries. This provides real, concrete evidence that your genius body is perfectly equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that are under the influence of thoughts, feelings and beliefs originating in your mind. Your body knows how to kill cancer cells, fix broken proteins, slow aging, eliminate toxins, fight infections, get rid of foreign bodies, and otherwise keep you healthy. But here’s the kicker.
Your nervous system has two operating systems - the “fight-or-flight” stress response dominated by the sympathetic nervous system and the relaxation response run by the parasympathetic nervous system. Only when your nervous system is in a relaxation response do your body’s self-repair mechanisms function properly! So how can you flip off your stress responses and activate your relaxation responses so the body can heal itself? Try the 6 Steps to Healing Yourself that I teach in Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.
Lissa Rankin, MD: Creator of the health and wellness communities LissaRankin.com and OwningPink.com, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013), TEDx speaker, and Health Care Evolutionary.
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