Mar 03, 2014

Can the Mind Heal the Body?

This question has been going on for centuries. There was a time when mankind only used natural “cures” for ailments. A person could visit the local witch doctor, shaman, voodoo priestess, or medicine woman and get “cured”.  During those times, people died at a much younger age, diseases ran rampant and killed hundreds, if not thousands of people, unnecessarily by today’s treatment standards. With all of the technology available today, there are many diseases that have been stamped out.  Medical science is continuously coming up with more and more cures, extending the lifespan of mankind, and improving quality-of-life until the time of death.

Here in the U.S., there is a definitive change in-process throughout the Medical Industry and is being accentuated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) have been formed to drive home the Holistic approach to healthcare by being a model of end-to-end healthcare.  In addition to the model of efficiency of care and transfer of patient information, there is pressure being put on all healthcare organizations to be more patient-centered.  This isn’t a purely philanthropic or humanistic gesture.  Money is the leading element in this process.  One example is the cost for a doctor to intentionally minimize their time with patients for the sake of increasing revenue.  There is a direct correlation between the amount of quality time spent with patients and the likelihood of being sued for malpractice.  With the ACA emphasizing proactivity on the part of doctors in the care of their patients and a Holisitic approach, the pendulum is swinging back the way of medical pratitioners that show a genuine and personal concern for their patients.

Which brings me to the title of this post, Can the Mind Heal the Body?  I have embedded a video below that is a Ted Talk by Dr. Lissa Rankin.  Dr.Rankin is an advocate of overhauling the entire healthcare system.  Whether you agree with that stand isn’t important.  What is important is the truly Holistic approach to healing that she promotes.  For instance, why don’t doctors hail the results of the placebo effect, instead of considering it a nuisance?  How do doctors contribute to the nocebo effect and cause their patients to fail to recover from the very illnesses that are attempting to cure them of?  Please watch the video below and then consider my comments afterward…

If you’ve read my blog posts before, you know that I absolutely believe that the there is a direct mind/body connection and the latest Neuro-Science supports that belief.  My experience has been that the unconscious mind can contribute to the healing of all sorts of ills.  Because I’m not a medical doctor, I don’t treat physical illneses.  What I have seen as I work with people using coaching, NLP, and hypnosis is next to miraculous, though.  The reason is that, when a person discovers who they are and live congruently with themselves, they find peace-of-mind.  When they realize that life is full of options, they find they can express themselves more freely.  When the use of hypnosis breaks through the mental barriers of outdated or nonbeneficial beliefs, removes old hang-ups and habits they weren’t able to let go of, and releases them from hurts, their body releases the need for being in Defense Mode and responds with openness to new experiences and begins to live again.

If you are at a point in your life where you want to be free to live the life you know you can and should have, contact me to set an appointment.  My long list of satisfied clients will tell you that you can expect to not only leave your appointment with your issue resolved, but other added benefits that only the unconscious can provide!

Creating life in forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen