Mind Over Medicine, by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

One word summary for the book- “Healing”. 

Like getting insider secrets from anywhere, who isn’t going to listen when a doctor spills some insights?  Having 20 years of medical study and practice, Lissa’s book is full of personal history, anecdotes, research and, most of all, compassion for people. Witnessing a lack of Caring and Complete Understanding in the medical system, she decided to leave the “herding” school of thought and went down a different path for Wellness.  Instead of improving on a Bedside manner, she knew she had to look at the more complete “Headside manner” (ouch, my words not hers, sorry Lissa.)

If doctors agreed there was a mind-body connection, why couldn’t they openly teach and pursue those options?  Why, if almost 30% of patients responded to a placebo effect, wasn’t that getting top financial and scientific support?  Understanding the link between the mind and body, Lissa decided that  “Promoting health of the body without encouraging health of the mind is an exercise in futility.”  “The Physiology of Emotion” was the real topic that needed addressing.

Bernie Siegel M.D. once stated that “to heal is to alleviate suffering – not to stop “death”.” Lissa seems to share the idea. Acknowledging that all outcomes vary, as we can’t know “what lessons we’re here on this earth to learn“, she does show us how we can at least tip the scale in a more proactive approach to our health and abilities of our body.

According to Lissa, here’s six apples a day to keep the doctor at bay:

  • Try visualizing a grounding cord, coming out of your bottom like an electrical cord or tree roots” and releasing down that grounding cord the un-serving thoughts, and then uploading healing light from it.
  • Did you know that Loneliness, could forecast more accurately the overall health of a person, than did their exercise, smoking, or eating habits?
  • When the conscious forebrain thinks Positive thoughts and feels things like love, connection, intimacy, pleasure, and hope, the hypothalamus stops triggering the stress response.”  (You should see the list of negatives that this stops!)
  • Flexing your creative muscles is as important to overall health and happiness as is flexing your biceps.”
  • Study after study showing the healthy benefits of being Happy. For example, one study cited showed that “heart-disease rates among optimists were half the rates in pessimists. The difference between the two groups was as dramatic as that seen between smokers and non-smokers.”
  • In this state of relaxation, errors of DNA get fixed, enzymes catalyze repair processes, immune cells can get busy chomping up infectious agents… The body is a miracle waiting to happen, if only we optimize its ability to do what it’s made to do naturally.”

Lissa discusses the “Whole Health Cairn” which you may have seen on TEDx talk in 2011.  This is a balance of many aspects of life, all centered upon your “Inner Pilot Light”.

I’d recommend the book to anyone as it covers so many topics easily understood by both the science and medically studied, as well as the first timer to any mind-body study ideas.  Truly a great work with a noble intent. Thanks Lissa.

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6 thoughts on “Mind Over Medicine, by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

  1. In 1988 I understood that only I is responsible for my health, that doctors can help me if it is necessary. I learned a lot during 26 years and used all 6 recommendations above plus many others (for example, I apply accupressure to my body daily, follow macrobiotic diet, etc.)


      • First I read books by Michio Kushi about macrobiotic way of life. Then books about meditation, do-in, positive thinking, accupressure, self-hypnosis, etc.


      • THANKS!! I like to learn as much as possible, and am always open to different (new to me) authors and perceptions about life, happiness, and health. Thrilled you stopped by, I’ll check out some of Kushi’s stuff. 🙂 have a great sunday!


  2. Wow, so glad I came across your blog! I love the concept of the book and your concise, short summary of the book. I will be following you, and finding a copy of this book to get my paws on. *Gleeful Expression. I’ve done a good deal of study on both biology and psychology, and love reading things about how they affect one another. The human body is truly an amazing thing!
    Generally, what types of books do you review?


    • thanks for reading! I read and review Personal Transformation book, (self-help) and sometimes physics or medical or anything in between. never novels. I only started a couple months ago, but there’s a list of books so far reviewed on right side of page at 4lawofattraction.com (full site) – enjoy the book and hope you get as much out of it as I did. and again THANKS!


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