Your MINDSET about health will affect you more in your life than any pill, any disease or any doctor you see, and my goal now is to help you develop a new, empowering and confident belief system about your health and well being.
We used to believe that the body was influenced solely by physical and
biological events. The mind might be important for emotions and beliefs but
had little to do with the reality of the body.
But today there’s an immense amount of research showing that
The way you think influences
your susceptibility and resistance to disease. Now there’s even a new field of
However, it has yet to be accepted by the majority of medical practitioners. In
part, this is simply the result of resistance to change: it is contrary to what
doctors were taught in medical school.
But also, most doctors don’t want to believe that health is dependent on the
mind. Because if they believed that it is, they would have to admit that there
is not a lot they can do to eliminate chronic illness. They would be forced to
recognize that much of what they do is at best ineffective and at worst,
This is a serious problem, and it’s going to get worse as the evidence for the
mind’s influence on health builds up.
As a matter of fact all the research now clearly shows that the mind has tremendous power over the body. For example, the placebo effect provides
dramatic evidence for the power of the mind. We talked earlier about the
placebo effect, that’s when researchers mislead patients by treating them with
placebos (dummy pills). The simple thought that one took a real drug causes
reactions consistent with their expectations.
Your thoughts create a direct physical effect on your body.
There is in fact a direct correlation between thoughts, emotions, and illness.
What has been discovered is that our thoughts and emotions play a powerful
role in the development of disease. We can make ourselves healthy or sick through our thoughts and our emotional reactions to those thoughts.
It’s been scientifically proven that fear compromises your immune system.
Fear, anger, guilt, and resentment are physical POISONS to the body — they
have a chemical effect — they wear down the immune system, leaving you
more susceptible to disease.
“Every cell in the body has a mind. Every cell creates messenger chemicals. These chemicals are secreted in response to feelings, emotions, beliefs, and intentions.Whenever we have a feeling, it’s happening throughout the body — at the same instant in time.”
Worry, fear, anxiety, grief, depression, hate, anger, jealousy, self-pity and
similar destructive emotions are great annihilators of nerve energy. And
this loss of nerve energy, like we saw earlier, is the precursor of all disease.
Fear is a killer. It ruins the quality of both your health and your life.
Realize that fear and stress are entirely a function of your perception — how you interpret events!
One extreme example of the power of perception — that is, the meaning we
give to things — is the power of the witchcraft rituals. Voodoo deaths come
from the great anxiety and loss of hope in the cursed person caused by one
overwhelming thought, the belief that death inevitably awaits. (By the way,
that’s why it is a great crime for physicians to frighten people by telling them
about their disease.)
For example in the Haitian culture people believe in the deadly power of the
witch doctor; whose ritual (usually referred to as “pointing the bone”) can
indeed cause death. But the real killer of course is the BELIEF that the witch
doctor has total power over our body. And when we have that level of
certainty, our body responds accordingly.