Growing up with a psychologist for a dad was a lot of fun, and of course, made me very interested in the mind and how it works. One of the most interesting things for me were the stories of people healing themselves, in sometimes dramatic ways. So I was obviously quiet excited to have a chance to read Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.
I’ve always believed in the mind body connection, and have even seen it at work in my own life (mom and dad once used a very effective placebo on me when I was little, but that is a story for another time)! In this book that belief is backed up with science proving that it’s real. Dr. Rankin did a great deal of research of peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence 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.
Now, before you get the wrong impression, this is not a book that discounts what modern medicine can do for patients. This is about helping you take more of an active role in your own health, especially for those times when you do need the help of doctors and medicine. It’s also about taking steps to prevent things from getting to that point when possible.
Towards the end of the book, she presents a six-step program to help with your own healing process. The steps help you discover where things might be off balance, and then offer a plan to help fix them. Every aspect from professional to personal, nutrition and environment, are talked about. This will help you tune into your body’s signals so you can take steps to heal.
What I love most is the message that we do know our bodies better than we think we do, and because of that, we can help heal ourselves. The only thing that would make this book even better would be an index. It’s certainly a book that I will be referring to again and again.