Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAS SEEN ON NATIONAL PUBLIC TELEVISION We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found that they not only f...more
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Published May 7th 2013 by Hay House, Inc. (first published January 1st 2013)
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Suzanne
3.5 Since I believe completely in the mind-body connection, Dr. Rankin was pretty much preaching to the converted here, but it is interesting to get the details about how stress and its opposite, “the relaxation response,” cause specific physiological changes in the body that can cause /contribute to or help heal illness. The doctor cautions against thinking that already-entrenched serious disease can be cured through the techniques she illustrates, and makes the distinction between “curing” and...more
Toni
May 21, 2013 Toni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Toni by: amazon.com
I devoured this book and it is now on my Required Reading list. Lissa Rankin has done an extensive amount of research that shows, without a doubt, what we think, believe, and feel can either heal or harm our bodies. This isn't the usual woo-woo "think positive and visualize what you want" and everything will be roses and rainbows kind of book. Lissa Rankin is the real deal. Because she's a doctor with a scientific mind, she understands the value of backing up everything she says with real peer-r...more
Rose
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Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D. is a book that can revolutionize the medical community. It is for healers and patients alike. This book teaches us to listen to our Inner Pilot Light and write our own prescription for optimal health.

I loved the fact that Lissa Rankin recommended using not just one's doctor but also life coaches and non-traditional healers, a...more
Gina
Okay, so I'm lying. I didn't finish this book.

The concept is fantastic and incredibly intriguing. And many of the early examples of the mind triumphing over serious disease are mind-boggling.

I just felt like the same concepts were written about over and over again and that many chapters could have been a lot shorter. Basically, I got incredibly bored with this book and skimmed through the latter portion.

I'm glad I got it though, and expect I will refer back to it from time to time. Ultimately th...more
Anwaar
you can safely divide this book into two parts:
the first part is where Lisa lays out her theory and strengthens it with various studies and her medical background, starting with a bunch of stories about spontaneous remission, going through the placebo effect, the Nocebo effect, the physiology of our thoughts and feelings and finishing with talking about doctors_oh my, doctors_ I believe the first part of this book should be studied in med schools, and practiced in hospitals (and she showed a ver...more
Andy Nieradko
The intriguing title Mind Over Medicine scared me a little at first. I'm a big believer in taking responsibility for one's health, but I worried that the book would take a blaming pointing finger approach. I stopped worrying after visiting the website mindovermedicinebook.com and read more about Lissa Rankin, M.D. This book is fantastic, she takes the reader along on her personal journey as a medical doctor who came to understand deeply the link between our emotions and our health. She does a wo...more
Cloris Kylie
In Mind Over Medicine, Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Dr. Lissa Rankin, taking care of ourselves takes on a whole new meaning.

I chose to read this book because I listened to Lissa speak at the I Can Do It Conference, and was awestruck at the stories of spontaneous remission that she shared with the audience. In her book, Lissa relates many more examples of self-healing, including an HIV-positive patient who became HIV-negative, a woman whose metastatic cancer resolved spontaneous...more
Andrea
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As soon as I glimpsed this book's title, I was interested in reading it. I've always been a believer that the power of the mind can make it possible to self heal. And it was with no surprise that I found this book actually reinforces my beliefs that we can, with the right mind set and the right environment, be a catalyst in developing our own good health.

This book brings in scientific studies to prove we hold the key to improve our health; at the sa...more
Erin
Jul 15, 2013 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: health
FANTASTIC. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! My coach recommended this to me, and as I've had a chronic condition aggravated by stress (Lissa Rankin would probably say using the term "chronic condition" is not helpful to healing) for 16 years, I'm always trying to figure out how to heal myself with a minimum of drugs and Western medicine. But it's a struggle, because I'm in and out of remission, which can be a lonely, frustrating, isolating, scary situation. But Rankin gave me a ton of...more
Lora
I guess I shouldn't read self-help books. This was praised a lot and sounded intriguing so I got it and read it....But frankly I feel less healthy than I did starting out, after slogging through a bunch of illnesses in the book. That's weird, but I also didn't learn anything new, though a hobby of mine is reading medical textbooks and journals (I wondered why it took her ever so long to find the journal articles for which she was looking, and in fact other people had to find them for her -- are...more
Jen
Kris Carr wrote the forward, so I was a sucker for the book from "go". This book is a good reminder about the importance and possibility of considering the root causes of illness and suggestions for how to go about achieving balance. It's a handy little field guide, especially because of the wealth of specific resources Rankin offers throughout. Now that I am the chief breadwinner and person who earns health insurance for our family of 4, maintaining my health has become even more important beca...more
Jim
Apr 14, 2014 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: health
The flyleaf of the dust cover makes a couple of statements that pretty much sum up this book.

"We've been led to believe that when we get sick, it's our genetics. Or just bad luck.... For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found they not only failed to help; they made her worse.

"In the final section of this book..you'll learn how to listen to your body's "whispers" before they turn to life-thre...more
Tim Larison
I received a complementary copy of this book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

mind over medicineLissa Rankin was a skeptic. A doctor trained in traditional medicine, she didn’t put much stock in mind cures. Then her health took a turn for the worse, causing her to leave the medical profession for a time. “Mind Over Medicine – Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself” is the fascinating story of how Rankin healed herself of her assor...more
Cathy
This book has some good info, but is much too repetitive. It could easily have been edited down to half its size. I now have a greater appreciation for the power of the placebo effect (and its opposite, the nocebo effect) but I wasn't inspired enough to do all the exercises at the end of the book. I do like her "wellness cairn" which provides a nice visual for all the aspects of our lives that contribute to our health.
Jes
3.5 stars, a little too much fluff to give it a 4 or 5. But solid good message with a lot to think about. Whether you're sick, have a loved one who is, or are healthy and want to remain so - this book has some great ideas and evidence of the power our minds have to heal our bodies. Compelling, inspiring, worthwhile.
Melanie
From amazon...

" We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to...more
Rebekka Steg
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourselfby Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a difficult one for me. On one hand I am a skeptic at heart and I tend to question most things in life – whether that be religion, work, lifestyle and health. As an example I am gluten free, even though I am not (to my knowledge) Celiac. And you know, gluten free is all a fad… Although my decision came after reading about an Italian study that showed 75% of women with Endometriosis do better on a gluten free...more
Happyreader
I’m not really sure who this book is for. People who do not believe that stress and mental health impacts their physical health? For those people, the first half of the book makes a compelling case that belief systems and stress management are just as important as other self-care practices. But for the rest of us who need little convincing that there is a mind-body connection, there’s not much insight to be gained. An inventory of what could possibly be stressing you out or leaving you unfulfill...more
Bernie Gourley
This book is one of many that challenge the conventional approach to medical care in which a patient is a passive character who just goes to the doctor and does (or ingests) whatever the doc tells them to. In the vein of works by Deepak Chopra and Bernie Siegal, this book is written by medical doctor who has different beliefs on healing. So what’s the niche of Mind Over Medicine, given that there are already a number of prominent medical doctors preaching the same message? That message is that y...more
Chelsea
Overall, very impressed. I am genuinely shocked and impressed at how much we can effect our own bodies. However, I found her overtures to standard medicine a little hollow, like when I was still trying to convince my parents that I was straight. "Yeah mom, I love dick...."

If she wanted to do a perfect job of converting the skeptics, it would have been good to back off on the "woo woo" spirulina (makes me nauseated), yoga (pisses me off), and astrology (fake) aspects. I wanted personally to hear...more
Rick Kew
The Pendulum is Swinging

Reassuring to see medical professionals confess that long accepted practices are not the only treatments which may bring positive results.
Dr. Rankin's analysis and new thinking on how patients can help themselves is presented in robust, yet easily understood terms. Told from the perspective of her own career, her doubts and misgivings about the stereotypical modern physician's practise has given the world a brave example of what modern medicine should embrace.
Damaskcat
An interesting book written in an enthusiastic style by an author who has experienced healing in her own body by changing her lifestyle and her thinking. Many people do not accept that the mind can heal the body and conversely that the mind can make the body suffer physical illness. Many others feel that to suggest to someone who is ill that it is their brain which has caused the illness is not productive or helpful.

Modern medicine can only go so far in curing illness and it is the powerful heal...more
Maya
Still chewing on a bunch of this, and need to work through the Radical Self-Care worksheets in the last couple of chapters (rather than just read them), but I'm glad I read this book. Since my dear and all-time favorite doctor (a wise and deeply caring naturopath) passed away in a freak accident a few months ago, I've been thinking about my health and what's next for me in terms of making choices that support a healthy lifestyle (and healing of a few chronic inflammation issues). This book was p...more
Egil Mosbron
Watched Lissa Rankin's first TEDx talk a while back, and made a note of the name..

I've always been a strong believer in the minds ability to heal & prevent diseases.
It was Nice to read all the scientific proof / stories about placebo/nocebo effect etc.. and I like Rankin's Wellness model, especially the importance of listening to your "inner pilot".

I've made habit's of many of her suggested methods (long before reading the book), but her angles were nice to read.

I really liked her angle on...more
Jessica
Anyone would benefit from reading this book. As an MD, Lissa Rankin is not poo-pooing modern medicine or saying you should skip your insulin injections in favor of meditation, but rather she takes a hard look at possible flaws in our current healthcare system. Specifically, she talks about how the doctor-patient relationship is hurried and often unhelpful(through no fault of the doctor or patient). When doctors are given 7.5 minutes to meet with each patient, is it any wonder that they prescribe...more
Beth
This book gave me a lot to think about, and is well worth reading just for all the crazy case studies and research done on the issue of “mind over medicine.” It was kind of mind blowing to know just how much power the mind has; for example, Rankin mentions a study where a number of patients are given a serum that they are told will make them throw up. It’s just a placebo and nothing that would really make them sick – but something like 80% of the patients still throw up! Rankin also goes through...more
texast
I'm glad I took the time to re-read this book because I did end up with some great take-aways.

1. Doctors are not healers. They can help diagnose and treat, but your body is in charge, so learn to listen to it. Your doctor should be your partner, not someone you look to for all the answers, but someone you work with.

2. The placebo effect is fascinating and REAL. Rankin offers true case studies, research and anecdotes to back this up. Open yourself to the possibility that your mind can help you he...more
Elissa
A bit slow to start - read like a blog rather than a book - but pushing through to about 12% (how's that for social change) and it improved There were some very useful things in here and I think I'll be looking at answering those questions and such. I like to hear/read/learn about other people's experiences of healing and how jut changing beliefs, and creating new habits and doing what you love can have such dramatic effects on physical and emotional health. I learn best through narrative. :)
Lisa Lewis
This is not a book I would typically gravitate towards - only read it because of the strong recommendation from Jessica. But I ended up being quite impressed. Rankin provides a sound scientific basis for mind-body medicine, a complementary approach to healthcare that sometimes comes off seeming a little "woo woo" or out there. So many things she writes about in this book resonated with me, and in every situation in which I found myself skeptical, she gave evidence from respected sources.
While n...more
Tammy W (svrmomof6)
I highly recommend this book. Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology teaching you to take more of an active role in your own health, especially for those times when you do need the help of doctors and medicine.

Dr. Rankin gives us a six-step program to help with your own healing process. These steps help us discover where we are off balance and then form a positive solution for those areas which allow us to tune into our body's signals so we can take...more
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