Is there scientific proof that we can heal ourselves? Lissa Rankin talks

This is not as whacky as it may first seem. Our thinking does influence treatment outcomes and most have heard of the placebo effect that boils down to the role of expectation. Catastrophising about pain makes us more inflammatory, voodoo works on a cultural and belief basis in some cases and what we believe will drive our behaviours and choices.

We are multisensory and multidimensional beings. Thoughts and emotions have a molecular basis just as movement. There is activity in the brain when we are thinking that influences the effects of the signals that are travelling from the body to the higher centres. This is called the ‘top-down’ effect.

Lissa Rankin explores the subject here: New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.



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