Can our minds really heal our bodies?
I am currently reading a fascinating and very well researched book called Cure by Jo Marchant. It’s a book based on a simple question: Can our minds really heal our bodies?
It is a controversial subject. The idea of ‘healing thoughts’ was long-ago hijacked by new age gurus and spiritual healers. However serious scientific researchers from a range of fields are now uncovering evidence that our subjective thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have very real benefits for our health, from easing symptoms and influencing immune responses to reducing our risk of getting ill in the first place. Drawing on the very latest research Jo discusses the potential – and the limitations – of the mind’s ability to influence our health, and explains how readers can make use of the findings in their own lives.
Some facts I’ve learned:
- Your body possesses the innate capacity to heal itself. Our bodies are capable of administering the precise balance of neurochemicals that can reverse illness and cure disease.
- You can consciously influence and direct the body’s output of health chemical information through visualization techniques.
- Science has proven, beyond doubt, that the contents of our thoughts and emotions directly and immediately influence our biochemistry.
Then today whilst ironically siting in The Whittington Hospital waiting my consultant check up on my broken wrist. I was killing time and discovered a this TED Talk from Dr Lisa Rankin,M.D. physician and Author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. In the her TED talk she shares not just scientific proof that your mind can heal your body and tips for using the power of your mind to optimize the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms, but also ways in which you can reduce the stress in your life, increase your happiness levels and craft a better and more beautiful life for yourself and those around you. I highly recommend you give it a listen & if you find it interesting then Cure by Jo Marchant will blow your mind!