Do you know your body is a self-healing organism? Do you know that you can tap into your mind’s power to heal your body? This means you can use your brain to control your body’s self-healing mechanisms. According to Lissa Rankin, a medical doctor, you can help heal yourself, using your mind over medicine.optimism-649723_1280

Doctors learn in medical school that the human body is well equipped to kill cancer cells, fight infectious agents, repair broken proteins, keep our coronary arteries open and even naturally fight the ageing process. It has natural self-repair mechanisms to do so.

But most of us rush to the doctor when we have a health problem. We think our physician will know our body better than we do. Dr. Rankin, though, says that “By bypassing its natural self-repair process and handing all your power over to a doctor, you might be ignoring the very thing you need to heal.” She adds, “… here’s what they don’t teach in medical school: The body’s natural self-repair mechanisms only fully function when the nervous system is in relaxation response.”

So how can we put our nervous system in relaxation mode?

In an article dated August 2013, Dr. Rankin writes: “To the nervous system, medicine is being loved just as you are. It’s helping those in need. Medicine is expressing your creative genius. It’s seeing the glass half full, and laughing out loud. Medicine is the unconditional love of animals. It’s speaking your truth, and knowing you belong. Medicine is communing with nature, and nourishing the body with real food. Medicine is tapping into your higher power. It’s being unapologetically you.

When you give yourself this medicine, you turn off your stress responses, turn on your relaxation responses and allow the body to do one of the things it does best – heal.”

Also according to Dr. Rankin: “While researching scientific data for my new book, Mind Over Medicine, I learned what really makes us sick: Did you know, for example, that lonely people have double the rate of heart disease than those who are part of a supportive community, and that researchers have found that loneliness may be a greater risk factor for your health than smoking or not exercising? Did you know that optimists have a 77 percent lower risk of heart disease than pessimists, or that happy people live seven to 10 years longer than unhappy people?”

For more information, check out Dr. Rankin’s online health and wellness community at

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