I have been in the field of medical intuition for over 30 years. After I outline the emotional issues in someone’s life that I see aggravate their health, and then illuminate the symptoms in their body that are causing them “dis-ease,” more often than not people say to me, “Dr. Mona Lisa, you don’t understand. My problem isn’t in my head, it’s in my body.” I say, “I know, it’s both. It’s because your head is part of your body.”

Using medical intuition, you will learn how certain emotional patterns are associated with certain physical symptoms in the body. And when it comes to healing the mind, you will learn to create wholeness by treating both the brain and the body, by learning that the brain may be the first sign that a major illness is beginning to brew in the body. So if you’ve had new or even chronic depression, irritability, moodiness, anxiety, and problems with attention, brain fog memory, and addiction, this is the chapter for you. You may just get the key to some additional solutions for finding peace and using your potential.

Louise Hay’s first book, Heal Your Body, lays out the mental causes for physical illnesses and the metaphysical ways to overcome them. Note that Louise never makes a distinction between brain and body. Despite the book’s title, among the listed disorders, ailments of the brain are never listed separately from ailments of the body. Allergies are listed alongside Alzheimer’s. You’ll see amnesia next to anemia. To think that fear, anger, sadness, and deficiency in love and joy are somehow separate from anemia, Alzheimer’s, pain, and suffering seems pretty reasonable. Back then in the ’70s, she equated body and mind, brain and body, physical health and emotional health. It’s taken us 40 years to catch up. Maybe we’re still trying to.

According to Louise, if you have a health problem, it’s considered an excess of fear, anger, or sadness, or a deficiency in love and joy, and this can be changed with a new thought pattern. For example, say you have a problem with depression. According to Louise, the thought pattern behind this is apathy—a resistance to feeling, a deadening of self, and fear. So you change that thought pattern to “It is safe to feel. I open myself to life. I am willing to experience life.” In a way, what Louise is doing to change the thought patterns in depression is very similar to what we do in cognitive behavioral therapy in psychiatry today. She addresses a body problem in the same way. We simply look at the thought pattern, find the affirmation, and change our reasoning. For example, cardiovascular disease. Louise says cardiovascular disease has to do with difficulty carrying the joy of life, a deficiency in joy. So, to lessen your tendency toward that, you would change the thought pattern by doing the affirmation “I am filled with joy. It flows with me in every beat of my heart.” And so on. According to Louise, whether there’s a problem in the mind or the body, the therapeutic solution is the same.

You find the unhealthy thought pattern, the excess or deficient emotion. You change the thought. You add the emotion that’s missing—usually joy and love—and you move on to health. If you were a sophisticated scientist who’d spent years in brain science, neuroanatomy, or had done a psychiatric residency, or accumulated, say, $275,000 in student loans (who might that be?), you might think that that was simplistic and whistle in offense. You might even say to yourself, “The audacity of this woman, to think that such a simple method could work!” However, then during your training in psychiatry (if you’ve figured it out, this is me), you would find that the father of cognitive behavioral therapy, Aaron Beck, devised treatment plans to change people’s thoughts, and this is the basis behind how cognitive behavioral therapy is done in psychiatry today. The protocols, or “recipes,” of cognitive behavioral therapy are similar statements—though more convoluted—to the ones Louise Hay uses in her slim book. Statements to treat anxiety, depression, anger. And we know now in the 21st century that many of those emotions, if sustained, increase our chance toward a variety of unrelenting health problems such as heart disease, cancers, dementia, diabetes, obesity, chronic pain, immune system disorders, and the like.

The Science of Medical Intuition: How Emotions Become Health Problems and Health Problems Become Emotions

Emotions register as symptoms in your body, and the beginning of illness in your body may be first noticed only as an emotion like fear, anger, sadness, or brain fog. In Chapter 1, we talked about an emotion-disease domino effect in which, if an emotion or a mood is held for very long, it sets off cascades of inflammatory mediators. If you feel long-term depression, anxiety, panic, or sadness, the mood gets transferred to your brain stem or your adrenal gland, epinephrine and cortisol are released, then inflammatory mediators like cytokines and others cause a domino effect of changes in your body. Fever, weakness, lethargy, then a virus or allergy, then over time hormonal changes, arthritis, cholesterol, insulin, blood pressure, and weight problems, addiction, and other body problems spiral out of control.