Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Power of the Mind

I have wondered how powerful the mind is in designating how happy we are or sad, how healthy we are or ill. I have heard stories of women whose mothers had breast cancer waiting to get breast cancer themselves and before their fiftieth birthday, they develop the tumor. I know of others who are so unhappy in their lives that they develop physical ailments. Are these strictly my own point of view, my observations?
      Deepak Chopra, a well known doctor and author states, "To think is to practice brain chemistry. Every thought, feeling, and emotion creates a molecule known as a neuropeptide. Neuropeptides travel throughout your body and hook onto receptor sites of cells and neurons. Your brain takes in the information, converts it into chemicals, and lets your whole body know if there’s trouble in the world or cause for celebration. Your body is directly influenced as these molecules course through the bloodstream, delivering the energetic effect of whatever your brain is thinking and feeling."
       Dr. Lissa Rankin, also a physician and author believes that the mind is capable of healing the body or causing it to become ill. One example was a patient who was experiencing duel personalities where one had diabetes and the other did not have the disease. Another example shows how cancer patients were given a pill and told it was chemotherapy (it was not). One third of the patients were healed.
       So, can we always be happy in order to stay healthy? I don't think so. Our lives can sometimes be like roller coaster rides with the highs and lows; however, I believe that we can remain overall positive, surround ourselves with emotionally healthy individuals, work in a safe and nurturing environment, and maintain relationships that are overall healthy.
       We have the power to make healthy choices in our lives, so we remain emotionally and physically healthy.

Rankins, Lissa. Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. United States:
        Hay House Inc., 2013. Print.

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