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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,791 ratings  ·  253 reviews
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 o ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Hay House, Inc. (first published January 1st 2013)
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H. S. Palladino I'm halfway through this book, and love it! Having watched Lissa Rankin on TED, read her blogs and then being thrown in to an illness, this book and L…moreI'm halfway through this book, and love it! Having watched Lissa Rankin on TED, read her blogs and then being thrown in to an illness, this book and Lissas work is helping me tremendously. It is full of scientific facts, explained in an easy way, showing you steps to take, ways to explore. A must read even if you are not suffering from illness, but just want to learn about how the body reacts to thoughts, feelings, stress and so on.(less)

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May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Andy Nieradko
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 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
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: health-and-diet
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
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality, health
Dr Rankin, You went through a severe crisis time in your life and you turned your back on medicine? How can you do that? I am shocked by what you did. Yes, I believe in mind over medicine, but I am appalled by what you did to your own medical career. You could have continued in spite of it all… but, instead, you say:
I started waking up from the deep anesthesia my medical education and years of practice had induced, in my groggy haze, I began to see the light. What light?! Light of practicing "m
Luc Therrien
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritualité, santé
I was looking for this book for a long time. I'm into spirituality and metaphysics, the woo-woo stuff she alludes to in her book. I work with people who want to improve their life and I was looking for ways to merge the materialistic scientific paradigm with the more esoteric worldview of spirituality as I believe they complement each other. I found this in these pages. Thank you Lissa for birthing this one! ...more
Cloris Kylie
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book: Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

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
Zaher Alhaj
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a remarkable step towards healing our modern flawed health-care system. I really fed up with how the physicians are treating us as "a bunch of cells" or "Merely Flesh", not as whole-human being who has: Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul. No Mind-related, Heart-related, nor spirit-related questions..just pure physiological questions, as if they are fixing out a damaged machine,,
To get the maximum of this book try to integrate the practices of this book with a Mindfulness program, a lot of
Charlene Carr
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book, which brought up a number of concepts and ideas regarding the body, healing, and stress that I hadn't thought about on a deep level before but that really rung true for me.

The first 2/3s of the book were a little heavy on the examples, and I would have enjoyed more 'meat' sooner BUT I am definitely glad I read this book and have already started implementing many of the suggestions to improve my life and heal myself. It's a scary thought and process, the idea o
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
This book is such a powerful tool for reexamining your life and your health, and how your mental health and stress responses will affect your health. I love that it is full of scientific facts, and medical studies, but is easy to read. There are simple, actionable plans for bettering your life, empowering your immune system, and find real ways to be healed.
This book asks some tough questions, but provides a clear path toward wellness, and is full of positive truths for healing.
I took a whole no
Sylvia Swann-Levkoff
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was written with a generous spirit. Rankin skillfully, methodically shows us how our minds can make a difference in our health. She compels us to take a good look at the state of our lives. She poses the right questions to guide us. With those answers she asks us to formulate changes that will change our lives. She researched to find the right information then conveyed it effortlessly. I will live by what Lissa Rankin taught in this book.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just finished this for a book club at work, a medical research center. We meet tomorrow and although I am eagerly anticipating the opinions, stories and discussions of the medical experts, I wanted to a chance to get my initial thoughts out first.
I am deeply intrigued by the key idea of the book, the concept of our mind-body relationship and how the two interact and affect each other. The book started off with an interesting collection of studies with scientific results that supported this rel
Sam B
First, I must say that I did believe in the power of the mind over the body before starting reading this book. BUT, Lissa Rankin being a doctor and having went through medical school writes this book for the skeptics. She approches the subject with an great attitude, the attitude of someone who had her life changed by her great amount of research and her discoveries.

This book is filled with scientific evidence of the incredible power of the mind. It's not just personal testimonies as some might
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me at the perfect time. I have had it on my want to read list since before it came out, but subconsciously was sabotaging the actual act of reading it. I wasn't in the right mindset to accept it until now, and it was exciting, inspirational, and literally everything I needed. If you have read other books on this topic it is not new information, but it is offered in a personable, precise, easily digestible, and inspiring format. If you haven't read any books on the topic, it is ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dr. Lissa Rankin presents very distinct correspondences between the mind / body connection. She is not re-inventing the wheel and it’s more than theory and persuasive essay writing as she refers to documented scientific studies, then applies these findings to anecdotal examples. Very often Rankin uses instances from her own journey into debilitating health which eventually inspired this research. Despite the scientific grounding, she presents it in plain (even slangy) language and, in the end, h ...more
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Rick Kew
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
My mom gave me this book to read. I finished the book in about a week as it was easy to digest. I thought the author did a lovely job of outlining the importance of stress and its impact on well as mindfulness and its use to bring the body back to homeostasis or a place where it can heal itself. As a recovering allopathic doctor, the author marries the best of both worlds (heroic medicine and preventative/holistic medicine) and offers good advice and useful tools.
Jes Singer
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Ruth Howell
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was ambivilant about this book. While it contained some good and useful information, it wasn't anything that we haven't heard before about mind over matter and how our thoughts can effect our health. A good point, of course, but not particularly well written. I found it to be a total bore after a couple of chapters. ...more
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
I like the balance between science and inspiration here. Looking forward to putting some of her suggested exercises to use in my healing process.
Rebekka Steg
I bought the Audible edition when it was on sale to relisten to it. I adored it just as much the second time around.
Rebekka Steg
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by 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 fre ...more
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